PERSONAL, UNDILUTED VIEWS FROM TOM WINNIFRITH
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And so to the end point of the trip down Booker family memory lane with the Mrs and Joshua - a vist to the gardens at Stourhead just over the Dorset border in Wiltshire. Do you want to save £17 on an adult ticket by joining the National Trust said the lady? Er...
The price is bloody steep. My paternal grandfather Sir John Winnifrith, was Director General of the Trust but, as I have noted before, he must be spinning in his grave at its silly virtue signalling on global warming, LGBT issues and, just last week, on Brexit. So our answer was no.
The gardens were designed around a newly created lake by Capability Brown. Again they are part of my Booker family memory trove. Serena Booker, my Auntie Cly, used to come down from London with friends and they would perfom, in costume, Gilbert & Sullivan on rafts on the lake. The performances would be on summer evenings with the laeside illuminated by torches and with my grandparents and others sitting on blankets on the grass eating and drinking. It is a happy memory of Cly and what a bright spark she was before her early death.
Back to the present, Joshua loved it and was out of his buggy running along the path as you can see below. The Mrs and I have been several times and it is wonderful place to visit. If you do go and fancy lunch, book early as the pub is always packed.
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This article first appeared in my weekend Tomograph newsletter but I got such a big response I thought I'd reproduce it for a wider audience. To sign up to that free weekly newsletter click HERE.
As you might have gathered, I voted for Brexit. So too did my wife, a card carrying lifelong member of the Labour Party. And at the start of the process I had some faith that the political class would, as they promised, deliver on the result. But it is now clear that together with the media establishment, the Civil Service elites, big business and academia there has been a deliberate, and I fear, successful attempt to block the will of the people.
First they insulted us, My wife, who is of Indian origin, has not dared to ‘fess up to her friends (academics) that she voted to leave. For in such circles describing leavers as stupid or racist is just a given, it is routine and unchallenged. And the insults include the suggestion that we the 52% did not know what we were voting for so would need to vote again. Perhaps if the remainers in charge of Brexit, the loathsome Mrs May and her henchman Olly Robbins, made enough of a mess of the process (which they have duly done) we would realise it was better to stay in.
All the time our leaders have insisted that they respect the vote. And that No deal is better than a bad deal. Except they were lying. I am now resigned to the elites winning and the will of the people being denied. I did think that I would get angry, grab a yellow jacket and go protest. But I shall not. I just give up.
Among the elites voting on this farce is a woman, the Labour MP for Peterborough who has spent just a few weeks in prison for perverting the course of justice and who now wears an ankle tag. This lying criminal earns £77,000 a year plus expenses and gets to decide my future? My despair grows.
Britain is rotting from the head down. Like more and more of my fellow citizens, I despair at the greed , the mendacity and the patronising sense of superiority at once respected institutions such as Parliament or the BBC and am revolted that they are funded by me, the hard working taxpayer. Why the bloody hell should I pay £77,000 a year for a convicted criminal MP or £15,000 a week for Fiona bloody Bruce to host Question Time, a platform for more of the elitists to patronise me?
In politics, business, the media corruption is just a way of life in 2019. Academics teach a curriculum which would make Orwell proud. On every sort of issue it is them (the elite) versus us. Returning ISIS brides – 99% of the population say no but the elites know better. Transgender sex education for 4 year olds? No-one in their right minds supports this but the elites know better and anyone who dares speak out is a bigot. Over in the US the same liberal elites are forcing through rules allowing abortion up to birth. Naturally nearly everyone else thinks this is an abomination but we the people are powerless.
I can’t see any way that I can change that so, I suspect like m any, my reaction is just to turn off the TV, to pay as little tax a possible and to pretend it is not happening. I give up on this country and, indeed, on the West in general.
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Heidi Allen is one of the three Tory MP’s to have resigned this week to join the new Independent Group at Westminster. Like the other two she voted to remain in the EU, but told voters at the last election that she would implement the referendum result but has since done everything she can to block Brexit. She says circumstances have changed so we should have a People’s Vote. That is on Brexit but not on who should represent her seat where circumstances have clearly changed in that Heidi is now not a Tory and is now working to block Brexit. But it is not her rank double standards that is most appalling.
In giving a speech on why she was quitting Heidi described why she got into Tory politics. She was watching the Tottenham riots in 2011 and “had a Kitchener moment” that is to say she knew that her country NEEDED her to become an MP. Britain really needed to catapult Heidi into the top 1% of earners and spout platitudes at Westminster.
One suspects that when she loses her seat at the next election, somehow poor old Britain will just about struggle to get by without the talents of Heidi a woman whose ego is not quite matched by her abilities.
Of course this sense of entitlement and self importance is widespread among the political classes. And they wonder why they are despised as never before?
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I have commented before on the champagne socialist, Tuscan castle dwelling, Guardian writing, hypocrite Polly Toynbee thinking, each time, that the poisonous old windbag had reached a new depth of liberal depravity and surely she could sink no lower. And then, each time, £300,000 a year Toynbee sinks lower.
This week she argued that we had reached the point where enough old folk had died since the Brexit referendum to be replaced on the electoral roll by snowflakes to mean that we needed a new poll. She assumed that the snowflakes would all vote – they tend not to – that they would vote against Brexit and that no-one else would change their mind.
It is warped logic and the same rationale would at some point this year mean that we should re-run the last General Election.
Toynbee celebrates the idea of a “People’s Vote” but to do so on the basis of folks dying is so utterly callous that she was rightly condemned by most people. One person who objected was Carol Gould a journalist who is dying of cancer and a woman who voted for Brexit and who seemed rather offended that Toynbee, by implication, regarded her terminal cancer as good news.
She tweeted (and I retweeted)
As someone with terminal stage 4 cancer I find it unconscionable that a fellow journalist can make this cruel, flippant reference to death as a solution to her political agenda. Chilling and frankly, shameful.
I am sad to say that my friend Jonathan Price responded with the tweet below for which he has, rightly, been slated by dozens of folks although a good number of his sad Lib Dem Brexit loathing followers actually “like” what he stated.
Replying to @Karashgould @TomWinnifrith
While one may have sympathy with you in your position, it does not change the fact that the elderly swung the vote the wrong way in 2016. If you don’t want to face up to that, please stay off Twitter and use your remaining time more productively.
If folks like Toynbee and Price think that displaying such unedifying nastiness to the old and the sick will sway the argument in their favour I think they rather misjudge the British people.
But since the only British people they ever meet are their fellow rich London based, liberal left elitists and not the other 99% their failure to understand how we little folks think is easily explained.
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Helen Pidd is a senior Guardian editor. This tweet below shows how she and her middle class comrades view we 17.4 million who voted for Brexit. Feck me I had a pizza last night but surely I must hate Italians on the Pidd thesis. You could not make this stuff up.
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Having lost his seat at the last election, former MP Ben Gummer is constantly wheeled out by the BBC and other liberal news outlets as a “mainstream” Tory. That is to say that – unlike most Tory members - he wants to stay in the EU. He then trots out the most monstrous canards claiming them as facts and, naturally, goes unchallenged.
On Radio 4 the other day, Gummer stated the FACT ( i.e. something that has happened) that UK economic growth had been reduced by 1.5% by the Brexit vote. Since there is no laboratory where one British economy trundles along with a vote for Brexit and another with a vote against, Gummer cannot prove that claim. It is not a fact. It is an opinion.
Gummer might claim that UK economic growth is less than had been forecast two years ago. But has he checked economic growth vs forecasts in the EU or US or China? Britain has a global economy and what happens here makes us, in many ways, a cork on that wave. Moreover those making forecasts back in 2016 had no idea of what the Bank of England would do with base rates or what our useless chancellor would do to "fine tune" the economy.
It may be that the Brexit vote has reduced economic growth although we should note that UK growth is far greater than growth in the Eurozone. So it is perfectly possible that the Brexit vote has not made an impact. After all, while folks like Ben Gummer predicted 600,000 job losses as a result of a vote for Brexit we have actually seen a net 700,000 job gains since June 23 2016. The bottom line is that we do not know for certain, the impact of that vote on UK economic growth.
But Gummer states it as a FACT and then makes all sorts of claims about lower Government tax receipts as a result of that FACT. But it is only an opinion. Not that the BBC and his fellow believers in the Great EU Project, who dominate the media, bother to challenge him on this matter.
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This article is for my public sector employed, Guardian reading, wider family. It is for the oh so middle class lefty sociologist pals of the Mrs and for my business partner Darren Atwater who, being Canadian, is on the wrong side of history on everything and is by definition a deluded lefty. When it comes to Brexit, which sort of remoaner are you?
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You may remember, that at the height of the Greek Financial crisis I went to deposit 10 Euro in an account with the National Bank. As I entered the branch the queues at the withdrawal counters were endless. I went to the special assistance desk where there was just me and three completely senile peasants.
Though they did not know what day of the week it was, they were not so far gone as to be making a deposit. They too wanted their cash out, they just needed help. I was the sole person actually putting money into the bank and for that heroic act, Jim Mellon, rightly, suggested that they should have erected a statue of me in Kalamata next to those of the heroes from 1821.
At some stage I will need 4,000 Euro in that account in order to get Greek residency so I can buy a car and a gun. Please don’t blather on about Brexit. My father’s Canadian friend Peter has had residency for years and Canada is not in the EU. Being a non EU resident just means that you need to pop along to the local cop shop once a year to present your papers. I can handle that.
Pro tem I have not actively deposited cash but the proceeds of the Greek Hovel olive harvest each year are deposited into the account automatically. Wondering how much was in my account and being in Kalamata I wandered into a branch which seemed relatively quiet. I took a tab from the machine and got a number (205) and waited my turn. The big sign showed 193. Though the bank was full of staff shuffling papers there was only one of six counters manned. After 20 minutes the counter showed 194 so I asked a young man if there was a quicker way for me to find out what was in my account. I was shuffled to the special assistance desk and pretty soon was sitting opposite a young lady presenting my account book and passport.
The account book was pushed into a machine and came back with a raft of transactions on it. Blow me down, I have 2057 Euro in the account and will have another 290 shortly. At that point the young lady started suggesting that she’d like to see an electricity bill which I said was not needed, took my passport and account book and left.
The time is coming to risk c1700 Euro of real money, visit the branch again and get my account book to show that I have 4,000 Euro in it. Since the Greek banks are all bust, though we all pretend otherwise, I may well lose the lot but if I act quickly I can secure my residency before that happens. And then, like everyone else in Kambos, I get to own a gun.
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Yes I am a rabid Brexiteer. I want the country where, regrettably, I spend most of the year to be free to make its own laws, set its own taxes, control its own waters and chart its own destiny. I have faith that Britain can do that. Yet for sneering metropolitan elitists like the twit who tweeted me last night, as you can see below, that is incompatible with liking your fellow Europeans. Au contraire..
The battle we deplorables, we the 17.4 million, fight is not with other plebs, others outside the rich elites, elsewhere in Europe. The Maillot Jaunes in France, those who voted overwhelmingly Oxi in Greece are those we agree with. Our common enemy are the autocratic elites, the political and media classes, across Europe who take our proud individual nations in a direction which we reject.
I live for part of the year, not enough, in the Mani, a poor but proud region of Greece. My friends and neighbours here know my views on Brexit, for I do not hide them. This was the part of Greece that was the first to raise the flag of revolt 197 years ago against another oppressive empire, that of Turkey. On March 17 1821 the Bishop of Tripoli called for Greeks to rise up and expel the Turks. Four days later the men of the Mani stormed the Turkish garrison at Kalamata and slaughtered every man there. That was the first action of a war for freedom.
The EU has brought misery and poverty to this part of the world. Folks here have a lot more time for someone with my views than with some millionaire ponce from the London liberal elite who insists that everyone who wants freedom for his country must hate folks from other countries.
Such folks should not sneer at me but should try coming to my home village of Kambos and explaining to my hard working, God fearing, gun owning neighbours just why the EU has made their lives better and why anyone who wants out must be a xenophobe. Go on Mr Metropolitan elitist… I dare you.
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A hat tip to Skipster X on twitter for this complete classic of Remoaning lunacy. This has it all.
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Steyn is a genius and he sums up the difference between the UK's worst ever Prime Minister and the worst ever leader of the opposition superbly over at www.SteynOnline.com . The great man writes:
The people of the United Kingdom face a political choice between Jeremy Corbyn, who is sincerely appalling, and Theresa May, who is insincerely appalling. Corbyn doesn't like the Queen, the union, the army, the Jews; on the other hand, he's quite partial to the IRA and Middle Eastern terrorists. And, somewhat to his credit, he's either not very good at pretending otherwise or disinclined to do so. Mrs May, by contrast, is a shifty dissembler. Who knows what, if any, are her genuine beliefs - or even if she's capable of recognizing such a concept.
Nevertheless, it is some considerable achievement for a Tory leader to have inflicted more damage on the nation than a polytechnic Trotskyite would. In June 2016, when David Cameron went flouncing off into the post-referendum sunset, Mrs May seized the prime ministership under a characteristically evasive battle-cry of "Brexit means Brexit".
Two-and-a-half years on, Brexit means anything but Brexit. The Spectator has a grim hit parade of the Top Forty horrors to emerge from the PM's "deal" with Brussels. Sample quote from her triumphant "agreement" with the Eurocrats:
All references to Member States and competent authorities of Member States ...shall be read as including the United Kingdom.
As I said months back: Welcome to the Hotel Brexifornia. You can check "Out" any time you like, but you can never leave.
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The most wretched Prime Minister in the history of Britain continues to tour the TV and Radio studios to tell people that her deal gives Britain the Brexit we voted for. Of course, that is a lie. We know it. She knows it. Everyone knows it. Her deal leaves the UK paying £39 billion to be governed by laws and regulations set by a body where we have no control. It is indeed taxation without representation. Mrs May is playing George III and we know how it worked out for him.
But she insists it is a good deal for Britain and her servants in the MSM depict anyone who disagrees as some sort of extremist head-banger. Her servants insult a great many folks who were, in the past, diehard Tory voters and those folks know full well that this deal is a very bad deal indeed.
If insulting the intelligence of your core voters was an Olympic Sport, team Tory would right now be heading for a gold medal. Loyalist MP Rory Stewart, a man who will be in the final redoubt, confidently asserted that 80% of people support the May deal. There is no polling data to back that up, indeed there is a lot of data showing that more than 80% of folks don’t back the deal. But Stewart seems to assume that if you lie brazenly enough you may be believed. Rory – we Tories are not that stupid.
And then we have the tweet below from Redditch MP Rachel Maclean.
Held my constituency surgery this morning. Picked up a few new @Conservatives party members on the basis of the PM proposed agreement. We must all remember that in the country the vast majority of people have a huge admiration for PM’s guts and determination to battle on.
If you look at the responses to this obvious lie you will see not one voice raised to support it just hundreds of folks responding with anger and derision. And those were, until recently, the Party’s most loyal supporters.
Right now, with their worst leader in history, Labour is 3% ahead in the polls.
If there was an election tomorrow Labour would be in power either with an outright majority or as part of a hard-left coalition of chaos with the SNP and others. A surge in the UKIP vote, anti Tories coalescing around Labour and the general uselessness of Mrs May’s party would see Redditch go red. I shall stay up for that one.
Many of us lent Mrs May our votes last time because she would deliver Brexit. She and her party just do not seem to grasp just how betrayed we feel and how angry. If the Tories stick with Mrs May and her strategy of insulting her core supporters, that anger and sense of betrayal will grow and the poll gap will widen. However awful Corbyn is, and he is indeed a dreadful prospect, I cannot see how I for one can possibly vote for a Tory Party led by May or one of her loyalists ever again. And I am not alone.
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Like 17.4 million other folk I put my feet up yesterday content to know that we won the #PeoplesVote on June 23 2016. But large numbers of snowflakes, Guardian readers, state sector employees, gobshite celebrities and other folks who looked like they were out on day release marched through London to tell us that we plebs had voted the wrong way on Brexit and must vote again. So how many marched?
The organisers said they were hoping for 100,000 which in a game of expectations management means they knew at least 150,000 would attend. Peter Tatchell, a frothing remoaniac but a decent and honest man tweeted that 150,000 were marching. The fuzz said it was 150,000 – 250,000 and they, being the experts on crowd control, should know. Then we started to see rampant marcher inflation.
Thirsty, EU loving, Tory MP Anna Soubry tweeted that there were 500,000 on the march. But that was after lunch so she was, possibly, seeing double. Then the spin doctor for war criminal Tony Blair, Bad Al Campbell, pitched in with a claim of 750,000. The BBC dutifully reported that fake news as fact. Do I believe a proven liar like Campbell or the fuzz? That was a rhetorical question.
So lets call it 250,000. That is big but, as I noted yesterday, given that the march was in the heart of remoaniac country it is not that big and is certainly much smaller than the march to save fox hunting and a fraction of the march against the Iraq war.
The stench of hypocrisy was everywhere yesterday. On social media left wing gobshites demanded that after such a big March the Government must yield to the demands met. How many of them were demanding a repeal of the fox hunting ban after a bigger march? I suggest almost none. Hypocrisy strike 1.
The march was well organised and among those printing placards and providing financial support were two groups which between them had received £650,000 in the past year from the EU to help spread a pro EU message. Surely this is foreign interference in British democracy? Where is Carole Cadwalladr railing against this in the Guardian? Why aren’t Lord Adonis or David Lammy MP telling their comrades at the BBC how outrageous this is? Hypocrisy strike 2.
But taking the biscuit was Al Campbell who insisted that the march was so large the Government must change policy and have a second vote. This is the man who compiled the utterly bogus “dodgy dossier” used by his boss Blair to launch the illegal war in Iraq. Al is complicit in what was a war crime. The march against that War was far larger than yesterday’s and did the Government change course. No. Hypocrisy strike 3 for Bad Al.
Outside the metropolitan liberal elites we plebs are tired of being lectured by celebs and “experts” about how we don’t really understand what we vote for and so should vote again. It was revulsion at such folks that helped the leave campaign garner 17.4 million votes last time. And we plebs can see through the march inflation and the hypocrisy now. Whatever Cadwalladr, Adonis, Campbell and Bob Geldof think, we little people are really not that stupid.
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I see that London’s hapless Mayor Sadiq Khan is tweeting like a man possessed, pleas for folks to travel to his great City this weekend for a mass exercise in anti Brexit Remoaning. I would have thought he has more important things to do.
I shall be elsewhere on Saturday, in Greece where youth unemployment figures are massaged by National Service and mass emigration but where only about one in three young bubbles actually have full time work actually in the Hellenic Republic. Suffice to say Greek youngsters, nor pensioners living on nine Euro a day thanks to EU enforced austerity, are probably not that keen on supporting Mr Khan and his elitist and generally affluent, buddies on the remoaner wankfest.
However I am visiting London today. I write to you on a train up from Bristol and the highlight of my time in Mayor Khan’s City will, fingers crossed, be getting on board my train home having avoided any exposure to the knife crime that plagues . London is expensive, the people are rude and it seems a rather dangerous place to me. Back in Greece where all my neighbours have guns there is almost no violent crime or indeed any crime. In London only criminals have guns or knives and appear increasingly keen to use them on all and sundry.
I see that Princess Meghan has expressed the view that her first child be born and brought up like any other kid in London. The witch! She wants it to be on drugs and having sex with its classmates by the time it is 12 and “carrying” a year later? How uncaring can you get, I must report her to the NSPCC before it is too late.
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She is a wretched Prime Minister. Her Brexit plans are a joke but her dancing is off the scale in terms of making one cringe. And thus how to start her speech at the Tory conference today. It may be less embarrassing than her policies but only just. Watch and cringe.
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I have written numerous times of my tremendous admiration for the pioneering campaigner for gay rights, in the days before it became LGBTI rights, and as one of our greatest living defenders of civil liberties, Peter Tacthell. Overlooking the fact that he is actually Australian, Tatch has become a national treasure. And it is in that context I find his tweeting demanding a second referendum on Brexit so sad. The fact is that he his scaring folks with untruths as you can see below.
Britain is one of the most tolerant LGBT nations in Europe. Our laws are truly progressive with almost, if not, full legal equality. On the other hand a raft of EU member states, notably Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria and a few other places in Eastern Europe really are not very gay friendly at all. And wait till Macedonia joins..hint the Pride parade in Skopje is now five years old and there are less attacks on it than there used to be...
Yet we are told by Tatch that leaving the EU with its raft of openly homophobic members will make life worse for LGBTI folks? Really? Because a couple of dozen Eurosceptic MPs are not very tolerant. This is fanciful nonsense. Peter, with great respect, your side lost the first #PeoplesVote, you should just get over it. If you can't well keep calling for votes until your side win but do so without resorting to this rainbow coloured canard.
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I enjoyed two minor celeb twitter exchanges yesterday. First up was Paula Jones who was sexually harassed by the rapist Bill Clinton. When she flagged this up Hillary Clinton did not say that all women complaining of this should be taken seriously. Instead Clinton attack dog spokesman James Carville suggested that Jones was trailer park trash. Jones’ testimony was far more powerful than that of Christine Blasey Ford but #Metoo has double standards when it comes to dealing with conservatives and liberals Stateside. Anyhow Jones is a star. And she is a real victim. Next up was Bonnie Greer who being black and female may be seen by some as a more natural victim but as a playwright and media luvvie living in London is very much of the metropolitan elite.
The subject of our exchange was a clip circulating widely on twitter of the journalist Rod Liddle appearing on Question Time last week. Liddle is a lifelong Labour supporter but disagrees with almost everything that the party stands for today. There is nothing that the left hates more than someone perceived as being a traitor to the cause. And thus Liddle is detested and usually described by lefties as a racist, sexist, homophobe and every other insult going. They hate him.
When one goes to Church, not that many on the Godless left will understand this comparison, one mumbles words from a sheet you have no need to read as they have been drummed into you by years of attendance. We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of all things visible and invisible. Etc, etc. I imagine that when Lefties meet up they mumble a similar creed. We believe that Rod Liddle is a racist, sexist traitor to the cause. Richard Littlejohn should be sent to Venezuela for re-education too. Donald Trump is the worst President in history. I hate Thatcher. Etc etc.
On Question Time, Liddle was stating what were undeniable facts and they strike at the heart of why the leadership of the left, not just in Britain, but across the West have become detached from what was their core base – the working class. Before Bonnie pipes up not the white working class just the working class. Hence UKIP, Brexit, Trump, Le Pen all garnering massive support from folks who in years gone by would have voted the “right way.”
But Greer does not wish to hear about this tweeting
A basic axiom:
Life is too short to spend time on #RodLiddle
With a link to the clip. When I suggested that this was playing the man not the ball, i.e. refusing to address the valid points Liddle made she tweeted (to numerous RTs from fawning admirers including the Mrs of Alistair “45 minutes dodgy dossier for the war criminal Blair” Campbell)
I don't know. I didn't listen to it, @TomWinnifrith
A general principle of mine.
Have held it for years.
It's called: #LifeIsTooShortToWasteOnRodLiddle 👍
Hmmm. The thing is that if you have not listened to what Mr Liddle says how can you be so sure that he is always wrong? I find that reading the Guardian now and again or listening to Today on BBC radio 4 or watching Channel 4 Fake News is instructive, as well as infuriating, in that it challenges my core beliefs. Just now and again I adjust what I think in light of new evidence presented by the dark forces of socialism. But at least I am forced to think.
Folks like American born Greer do not want to think she knows that she is always on the “right side” of everything even if vast numbers of “little people” disagree with her and her chums. She is happy living in a bubble of privilege talking only to like minded folks who, like her, vote Democrat, loathe Brexit and back the left in Britain. And that is why she has missed some of the really good material produced in recent years by Rod Liddle explaining why the working class is so pissed off with the leadership of the left.
As long as folks like Greer refuse to listen to those raising such issues, the left won’t change. It will carry on screaching about Russian meddling in elections, engaging in #MeToo hysteria and banging on about identity politics while ignoring the complete sense of alienation and economic disempowerment felt by large swathes of society. And thus the left will keep losing – unless it is up against someone to whom it cannot lose such as a Nazi (Le Pen) or a wretched joke (May). I cannot say that the left losing all future elections would bother me greatly but I can't help but thinking that having such a closed mind is not terribly healthy.
The debate on free speech and a willingness to listen to alternative viewpoints or indeed to allow others to listen to them is a fascinating one in these dark and censorious times. Here, for Ms Greer, is Liddle in action against a free speech denier from the academic left. I wonder whose side Bonnie is on?
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"Next warns on Brexit" risks screamed the headline on the BBC website as you can see below. On radio and TV broadcasters shouted the same message. But if you read what Next, a company run by highly pro Europe management, actually said rather than what the state funded broadcaster said it said you might be surprised.
The BBC article states
Next said the UK retail market remained "volatile" and it remained "cautious" in its outlook.The Brexit-related risks include higher tariffs on goods imported into the UK. However, queues and delays at UK and EU ports as a result of increased customs declarations for other companies posed the biggest risk. The retailer said it was preparing for the possibility that the UK leaves the EU without a transition period or a free trade agreement in place.However, it downplayed the impact a no-deal outcome would have on its business.
Of course the UK outside the EU would not have to impose tariffs on imports. Indeed it could scrap the tariffs the EU forces us to have on good imported from outside of the Eurozone. Outside of the evil empire imports could actually be cheaper, it would be our call.
However here is what Next actually said. It note that the risks of a no-deal Brexit do not “pose a material threat to the ongoing operations and profitability of NEXT’s business here in the UK or to our £190m turnover business in the EU.”
It concluded that “there would be some additional administrative costs but, in the scheme of the Group, these will be de minimis.”
In short the BBC coverage was just more fake news from the remoaning metropolitan liberal elite.
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For some reason we found ourselves watching both the 10 O’Clock News and Newsnight last night. In the end I had to switch off and vowed not to allow myself to suffer in this way again. It started with the warnings from the convicted fraudster Christine Lagarde and the IMF on Brexit.
We were told on both programmes that the IMF is highly respected and Ms Lagarde warned that any Brexit would damage the UK and a No deal Brexit would be a disaster, causing a recession, etc. No -one on either programme mentioned the fact that during the referendum, the fraudster and the IMF warned that simply voting to leave would cause a recession in 2017! It would also trigger a stockmarket and house price crash at once.
Of course there has been no recession, the economy has grown, the stockmarket has headed higher and house prices now are ahead of where they were in 2016 though are now falling. The IMF has, to its credit, ‘fessed that its 2016 forecasts were all wrong. I should cocoa. Yet there was no mention of this as the BBC treated Lagarde’s words as gospel. Natch Channel 4 Fake News also lead with these siren warnings without any comment on the “form” of the IMF when it comes to predictions in this area.
On Newsnight we were treated to a panel debate on Brexit with Kirsty Wark not hiding her remoaning views in the chair. Warning that Britain was in a bind and Brexit would end badly was an Irish politician and, for balance, er.. a former Civil servant who adamantly opposed Brexit. Impartial, fair and balanced? There was no-one present to argue in favour of Brexit.
Newsnight also covered the hearings for the Supreme Court vacancy where Trump nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual harassment 35 years ago when at High School. There was no mention of the witnesses who flatly contradict the allegation, only a grudging admission that the accuser is a rabid Trump hating democrat, that she has been accused by her own students of being flaky or that Kavanaugh’s mum (also a Judge) found the accuser’s parents guilty in a Court case many moons ago. Instead Wark sneered that Kavanaugh is a “known conservative”.
WTF. A conservative President nominates a conservative judge – well what a surprise that is. Knock me down with a feather. Whatever next? The Pope nominating a catholic to be a bishop?
The Wark sneer was in the same way you might talk of a “known felon” or a “known pervert”. The use of words was a shocking admission of partiality.
Back to the BBC News at ten where Middle East correspondent Jeremy Bowen reported on the evil Israelis trying to tear down a village, constructed illegally, in the West Bank. The details are for another day but what struck me was Bowen’s use of words. He talked of how Israel had “seized” the West Bank. Hmmm. I guess viewers might have thought Israel “seized it” from the Poor Palestinians.
The truth is that in 1967 Israel was attacked on all sides by the Arab nations. The West Bank was part of Jordan and the Palestinians were given no autonomy whatsoever by the Hashemite Kingdom. Jordanian troops went into Jerusalem’s Jewish areas to kill Jews. Israel fought back and eventually pushed the Jew murdering Jordanian army back past the Dead Sea and back into Jordan proper. That is how Israel gained control of the West Bank. That is not quite the story Bowen’s use of the word “seize” might suggest. It is part of the drip drip drip feed of fake news designed to blacken the name of Israel which the BBC serves up almost daily.
Why, I ask, should I be forced under threat of jail to pay a license fee for this tosh?
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Two headlines from Guardian harpie Yasmin Alibhai Brown say it all. Boris for PM to deliver Brexit and the benefits just roll in at once...
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Downing Street is desperate to bully us into backing its weedy sell out Chequers plan on Brexit, or indeed an even more pathetic version of it once the EU make demands which wretched Theresa May caves to. It has thus unleahsed , via pliant papers such as The Sunday Times and, especially, the Mail on Sunday, a deluge of scare stories about the possible consequences of not agreeing to its awful deal.
The problem is that no-one believed Project Fear back in 2016. You will remember that we were warned that simply the act of voting for Leave would cause 600,000 job losses, mass departures of financiers to Frankfurt and the stockmarket to plunge. Of course employment is now at record highs with massive job gains over the last two years, it is now accepted that fewer than 5,000 City jobs (c1% of all City jobs) will be lost to Europe post Brexit and the stockmarket has reached new record highs since June 23 2016.
So Project Fear was just lie after lie. Project Fear v2 therefore ups the ante. We have been warned that there would be no air flights allowed over Europe, that we would run out of milk, cheese and power. And today, in a warning that we middle aged and old folk who voted for Brexit cannot ignore, the Mail on Sunday tells us that we may run out of viagra here in the UK. Shit! Brexit means no sex. Millions will, at once, be rallying behind Mrs May and her Chequers plan.
Or rather they will just be saying this is an even more ridiculous lie from the loathsome Mrs May and her cabal of unlelected advisers in the last redoubt. Once again we do not believe a word of it and the sooner Mrs May goes the better,
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The headline in the Independent, an online publication which was once a newspaper but is now a little read comic is clear: “Biggest rise in UK poverty since Margaret Thatcher was in power, experts claim”. In lefty bingo terms it gets better with a claim by the Indy that “The figures show the extent to which a combination of Brexit and government austerity is imposing a serious squeeze on living standards.” Thatcher, Brexit, Austerity – House! Of course it is 100% fake news
There is no data or facts behind this. Instead a lefty think tank, the Resolution Foundation, has taken the most recent data, from end 2016, and “with the help of statistical extrapolation and adjustment techniques for historical patterns” created what the Indy terms a “nowcast.” So by “figures” what the Indy means is “estimates”. And it uses that to say that “The incomes of the poorest households in the UK slumped last year.”
Er except that it goes on to admit that the numbers show that real incomes (i.e adjusted for inflation of 3%) in 2017/18 for the poorest households fell by £50-150 which actually means that the actual incomes will, in most cases have increased which is not the “slumped” claimed by the Indy.
The Indy, the sister publication of Channel 4 Fake News, says this slump (which is actually an increase) is down to benefit cuts. Whatever. It ignores material increases in the tax threshold which benefit the poorest families in work by the most and the fact that most benefits actually increased. It is, in other words, total bollocks.
And of course it is also based on how one views poverty. You and I think of absolute poverty as an evil to be eradicated. But the Indy and the lefty think tank and indeed the entire left define poverty as “those families living on incomes of less than 60 per cent of the median after accounting for housing costs”. So what happened in 2017 as in 1989 is that the economy is doing rather well ( remember the Lawson boom?) and thus after a period wage restraint with employment hitting multi year highs wages are increasing across the board as part of a catch-up process.
So poverty – as defined by a lefty goes up – when more and m ore people earn more and more money. And now the Government is promising three groups of folks earning well above average wages inflation busting pay increases: teachers, NHS staff and the Old Bill. That, of course, will increase poverty by even more if you are a lefty which the Indy and its cretinous economics editor Ben Chu will then be able to blame on Brexit, the wicked fucking Tories and austerity while evoking the memory of the dark one, aka Britain’s greatest ever Prime Minister.
No doubt Channel 4 News and the BBC are preparing a follow up expose of this fake news as I write.
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I saw this cartoon and at once thought of my pal & fellow Hammer, the metropolitan elitist remoaner Jonathan Price who, as @BC3Pres torments me on twitter with dire warnings of how flights will be grounded, the power will run out and as we all starve to death how West Ham will be relegated the day after Brexit.
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From memory, Justine Greening was fired from the cabinet for being utterly useless. There may have been another reason but she was useless. Her pronouncements on Brexit confirm the case that she is just fundamentally stupid and yet another Tory who holds the electorate in complete contempt.
Of course, Greening represents a remain voting London constituency of metropolitan elitists. Telling folks that she is a lesbian about three times a week is the sort of virtue signalling that plays well in such parts. Outside London folks would just say “so what, get on with it.” Like her constituents Justine voted to remain in the EU and has spent much of the time since bemoaning the result and suggesting that we bumpkins outside of London did not really understand what we were voting for.
Greening cannot hide the fact that she thinks that important decisions should be left to professional politicians like her who, despite having sod all real world experience, just “know” what is good for the little people who pay her salary.
And yet suddenly Justine has had a change of heart declaring that to stop the deadlock at Westminster – caused by folks like her – the people need to vote again. Jeepers, a woman who would not listen first time around thinks we need to vote again, presumably because she thinks that the result would be different at which point she would be able to “do as the people wished”.
Ms Greening proposes a ballot with three options - leave the EU with no deal, leave with Mrs May’s rotten deal or stay. And Voters would have to list their preferences with second preference votes from the least popular option redistributed. Cripes does Ms Greening now think that we thickos who voted the wrong way last time will understand this plebiscite? How very gracious of her.
What she forgets is that it is quite possible that the Evil Empire will reject Ms May’s pathetic proposals demanding so many more concessions that even the wretched PM can’t agree. So that “deal” is not on the table. As for staying in the EU, if we ask for that, what will Brussels demand in return? Joining the Euro? Even more cash? God only knows.
The polls, for what it is worth suggest that of the three options, the May plan is easily the least popular which, in effect means this is a poll on walking away, telling Brussels to stick its demand for £40 billion and trading on WTO terms or staying in and agreeing to God knows what. What happens when leave wins that vote?
The whole idea is non-sensical. How someone so dim can hold those who pay her salary in such contempt defies belief. Is it any wonder that MPs and, right now especially Tory MP,s are so utterly despised?
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It is being reported today that Britain’s worst ever Prime Minister, the wretched Theresa May told former Brexit Secretary David Davis that she was unable to amend her proposed Brexit plan because she had already had it cleared by German leader Frau Merkel. And this is before the UK cabinet got to see the plan let alone agree to it.
The Prime Minister is meant to be “primus inter pares”, that is to say in Britain the Cabinet takes a collective decision. But in this case it did not. The Prime Minister took a decision about the future of this country and got sign off from the leader of another, Germany, before presenting this as a fait accompli to her Cabinet, her party and the Country.
Given that what Mrs May proposes crosses e very red line she has promised to set, breaches her election manifesto and is clearly not what 17.4 million of us voted for, these acts are, if not treasonous, damn close to it. At best it brings to mind thoughts of Chamberlain, another piece of paper, another German leader and his, mistaken, belief that he had secured a great deal for Britain.
But the Merkel claim is, at present, just a claim, albeit one clearly originating with Davis. Mrs May can deny it and effectively accuse Davis of lying or she can ‘fess up. If it is the latter, surely even the most spineless and careerist of Tory MP’s must demand her resignation. For the electorate will not forgive a Party led by a woman who takes her lead on this critical matter from the leader of Germany. The precedent in that regard is not a good one.
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A Survation poll taken on Saturday shows the Tories falling fast to 38% and Labour rising to 40%. And the Brexit betrayal backlash is only just beginning. For starters, Mrs May’s henchmen have so far managed to gag most Tory MPs with threats while they spin the line that her betrayal is a good deal for Britain and is essentially what we 17.4 million voted for. That gag and that lie won’t hold for long. And secondly many of us were too bothered about the World Cup and associated drinking to take on board the full scale of the treachery, of the red lines and ,manifesto pledges abandoned. Only now is that sinking in.
But if you look at online articles on the matter you will see Tory loyalist after Tory loyalist showing photos of ripped up membership cards or making pledges to never trust the party again. If you thought that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned think again and look at what Tory party die-hards are saying today.
For while Mrs May is rightly slammed as a wretched viper the way that the Cabinet brexiteers have just caved brings the whole party into disrepute. The Tories are now quite simply the party you just cannot trust.
Some, like myself, will go the whole way and vote for Labour just to punish the vile hag May and her party. Others take great joy in saying that they will vote UKIP or not at all. If the prince over the seas, that is Nigel Farage, returns to lead UKIP, the Tories will see wholesale desertions not just over voters but of their party members as well. The more Mrs May and the spineless toads who surround her tell us the obvious lie that this is a good deal for Britain and is what the 17.4 million voted for the more hated they will become.
The Tories will spin hard, the line that if folks like me do not show loyalty to the Tories the country will be ruined by Comrade Corbyn with, or without the assistance of the SNP and other loons. But again they misjudge the mood of so many of the 17.4 million of us who voted for Brexit. The mirage of economic prosperity of the past few years is largely a story of asset bubbles created by QE and low interest rates. Folks feel wealthier if they own property in London or the South East and to a lesser extent in the rest of Britain or if they own shares. Folks in the City and in the upper echelons of the public sector have had big wage rises.
But many of us in the 17.4 million live well away from the degenerate hell-hole that is London, we are relatively asset poor and our wage growth has been pedestrian, at best, over the past decade. We are the Trump voters of the swing flyover states – The Donald said he’d make America Great again and make us better off, Crooked Hillary insisted America was doing very well already. The folks she spoke for on the Coasts were doing well ( largely thanks to asset bubbles) but there was no spill-over in the flyover states.
So if Theresa May tries to scare the 17.4 million with talk of how Corbyn will ruin everything and damage their economic well-being, her words will be wasted on many of us who voted Tory last time despite Mrs May and in no great hope of economic gain but because she alone among party leaders said that Brexit meant Brexit. She lied to us and we will punish her. Maybe in London she does not understand how angry folk are about this sell-out but out there in the boonies many of us who voted Tory last time are livid and will not be scared back into the fold whatever happens.
For reasons I explained a couple of days ago, I fear the UK will go to the dogs under Labour but I can’t see that Mrs May’s Tories are that much better. And thus my only desire is to punish Mrs May and her party at the polls with a wipe-out that makes 1997 look like a triumph. Soon Mrs May will realise that I am far from alone.
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For many of us Brexit was the defining issue of the past few years. Finally we got a referendum, we were promised that the result would be implemented and we won. Slowly the political class backtracked and now today, Theresa May, will set down a watered down proposal which is a sell out. Mrs May is a Quisling. Gone are her “red lines”. Gone is the ability to cut our own trades deals so to get cheaper tariff free food for the poor and working classes. We will have to accept laws and restrictions imposed by a bloc to which we hand over a vast cheque but have no say over, the Evil Empire. This is the worst of all worlds. This is the bad deal that is worse than no deal. Mrs May has betrayed us.
How as a loyal Tory does one react? It is not as if, under Mrs May, this is a Tory party I recognise or respect. Pro tem, sweating my balls off and risking my capital in the private sector I see tax freedom day (now June 3) move later every year and I see that private sector pay increases have lagged those in the public sector since 2010. Yet laughably Mrs May is now promising more tax hikes in order to end “austerity” for public sector pay. The party of law and order unleashes initiative after initiative to tackle those who might “offend” others while proposing that folks sentenced to a year or less, i.e. real criminals, should be let out of jail free.
The party of a sound defence supports prosecuting soldiers who served in Ulster 40 years ago but rewards returning jihadis with benefits and a bump up the council house waiting list. The party of freedom flaps pathetically but does nothing tangible to stop a growing suppression of free speech on campuses across the land. The party of small Government is still running a vast deficit – and now plans to borrow more for more public sector wage hikes – as borrowing mounts higher and higher.
The list goes on and on and on. Mrs May’s Conservative party is really not that different from the Labour party but the latter has not served up the biggest betrayal of democracy since Ted Heath told all those lies to get us into the EU in the first place. And as such Mrs May and the party she leads deserves the fate of Peel’s Tories after the repeal of the Corn Laws, only back then the PM did the “right” thing for his country , rather than betraying it. So the fate the rotten Tories deserve in 2018 is not to be thrown out of power for a generation but for good.
I know that Labour will train wreck the economy by being even more profligate than the Tories but my time as a capitalist is almost up anyway. Risking my capital, working myself into an early grave so creating jobs, generating taxes, sod that for a game of soldiers. This “golden goose” is retiring before the next election at which I shall be voting Labour as one last fuck you to the traitor May and to her pathetic and wretched party which allowed her to behave in this way. The so called Brexiteers of the cabinet who will roll over today are pitiful.
I realise many others will find the idea of voting Labour too much to stomach but many good Tories will protest with other parties or, more likely, just stay at home. Why should we show any loyalty to those folks who have betrayed us? And that might just be enough to see Jeremy Corbyn, propped up by a coalition of nationalists and fringe parties, heading to Downing Street.
Mrs May you wretched and appalling traitor, your duplicity and mendacity will be the architect of that defeat.
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Maybe if you write for the Guardian you don't despise England in a fashionable North London sort of way you just hate folks being happy. After all this is the newspaper that, year in year out, laments the arrival of Christmas. But now it is the World Cup and the progress of England which as seen a nation party and show joy in a way we have not seen for years.
Natch the Guardian, like the equally despicable Independent, started the tournament fretting about folks flying the English flag which was obviously racist, imperialist and typical of wicked post Brexit Britain under the evil Tories. As we saw Britons of all religions and colours painting their faces with the national flag and celebrating, this line looked all the more pathetic.
But some folk did not celebrate when England beat a woeful and dirty Colombian team on Tuesday. Meet Dawn Foster, a tedious virtue signalling Guardian hack. Ahead of the match against the filthiest team in the tournament, Newport born Dawn was cheering on Colombia. Now she is backing Sweden. Who will she back if England play Russia given how her paper devotes about a quarter of its coverage to fake news about Russia and its "collaboration" with Trump, Vote Leave, Assad and other folks?
That will be a tough call for Dawn. Like Dawn, I am British, not English, but like nearly all Brits I back the only home nation at the World Cup or am indifferent. To fly the flag of "not England" in the face of a period of national joy, is just so miserable. So predictably Guardian.
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Is Mrs May the worst Tory PM since Heath, since Chamberlain or ever? That would be my suggested question for this summer’s A level politics students and her weekend pledge to give a £384 million a week Brexit dividend to the NHS might just be a central case study. At every level it shows why this wretched woman will tell whatever lie she thinks will win her votes in a desperate attempt to keep her job. It is truly pitiful.
You will remember that in the referendum campaign “Vote Leave” said that quitting the EU would save £350 million a week which could or would go to the NHS. Mrs May is now telling Brexit backing Tories (i.e. most of the party if not the MPs) that she is £34 million a week better than Boris. Except, what Mrs May says is not true.
The pitiful woman has already signed us up to pay a £40 billion divorce bill without finding what we get in return ( hint it will be bad things). So after years of handing over billions of pounds a year to support corrupt politicians and inefficient farmers and manufacturers across Europe we now have to pay even more to leave. It is obviously a piss poor deal.
But what is more obvious that there is no Brexit dividend. We pay £40 billion to save c£8 billion a year so only after five years can we start talking about dividends for the NHS. But Mrs May plans to start to spend, spend, spend now!
To be fair she admits some of the cash will come from more taxation and from borrowing. What she means by that is that since there is no Brexit dividend (and the cash saved in the end is taxpayers cash anyway) she plans to spend more on the NHS by increasing taxes and by taking on more debt which will have to be serviced and repaid by future taxpayers.
In 2018 Tax Freedom Day fell on May 29th. Until that point everything the average person earned went to Mrs May to piss away. After that Mr or Ms Average got to work for themselves. According to the Adam Smith Institute which tracks Tax Freedom Day, the event was celebrated o May 26 in 2017 and the 2018 date is the latest since reliable records began. Tax Freedom Day was probably higher in the late 1970s but it is hard to prove. Back in the mid 1990s tax freedom day was in the first couple of days of May. Tax Freedom Day was on May 18th when Call Me Dave came to power and May 23rd when the wretched Theresa took charge. It will almost certainly head into June in 2019.
So tax is already going up and here is Mrs May who, together with Phil Hammond, have already soaked the taxpayer in a way not seen since the days of Callaghan and Healey planning to make things even worse. At such stage those who pay the most tax will say that enough is enough and will stop working, risking their capital or living in this rain sodden isle. Real Tories like Pritti Patel understand that.
But what about the poor NHS? Mrs May says that one reason to make this pledge is because “it is time to end austerity.” Hogwash. Government spending has risen year on year since the evil Tories returned to power in 2010 and spending on the NHS has been rising in real terms (i.e. adjusting for inflation) in real terms at a fair old rate since Mrs may took charge. There has been no austerity.
If you keep chucking money at the NHS you merely delay the day when it addresses its fundamental inefficiencies. It pays far more than it needs to for drugs, it employs far more managers in relation to front line staff than any private healthcare provider, it uses those staff in an inefficient way.
Take the annual “training courses” in ski resorts attended by thousands of greedy doctors each year when – thanks to flu and ice on the roads – we know hospitals will be at their busiest. The NHS subsidises those jollies. It then invites the media to see how understaffed it is at its peak times and says that is because its staff are so badly paid. Of course doctors are incredibly well paid but the narrative works and so Mrs May is now agreeing to pay rises all round in the NHS. But if staff are off on skiing jollies at peak times you will always have staff shortages.
Those lobbying on behalf of staff in the world’s fourth largest employer ( behind the US Military, China’s army and Wal-Mart) do a great job in demanding ever more and in refusing to accept that the NHS is badly managed and riven with inefficiency. The NHS Unions are like the Miners of old – whatever they demand they get. Lady Thatcher or Priti Patel might stand up to them, explain to the electorate how much doctors and NHS managers earn and deal with the real issues. But while Grocer Heath tried to take the Miners on, before folding like a useless pack of cards, Mrs May is so wretched that she just goes along with whatever she thinks folks want to hear.
At every level Sunday’s Brexit dividend for the NHS announcement is a lie and marks a new low for the woman who is, I would argue, the worst Tory Prime Minister in history.
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MPs are meant to be our servants. Not the other way round. It is a point repeatedly lost of many of the expense grubbing toads of Westminster. Anna Soubry MP who last year claimed £203,228.11 in expenses and who once - charged the £14 cost of delivering remembrance day poppies to expenses - is one MP who really does not get it. Today she has attacked the Daily Mail as "silly and sinister". Okay the Mail is a rag but that is not the point.
The press should hold all MPs to scrutiny exposing what they do so that we the electorate can make up our own minds in an informed way. The Mail's scoop was to reveal that Soubry's fellow remoaning Tory MP Dominic Grieve who claims like her to respect the EU vote but to want to get the best terms, had met with a stack of folks from other parties and his own who are campaigning for a second vote to overturn what, we were all told was a binding poll, on June 23 2016. It is surely in the public interest to know that a man claiming to be trying to get a better Brexit is talking to those who want to stop it altogether.
So it is not "silly and sinister" for the Mail to expose it. What is, not silly but is very sinister, is when our servants, that is expense grubbers like Soubry, try to suggest what articles a supposedly free press should be running about them. What is it that Ms Soubry does not understand about the idea of a free press?
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On Friday, the Irish voted to legalize abortion at up to 12 weeks. It is now Sunday and the BBC - my only English language TV here in Greece - is still covering this story with a manic obsession. "What a modern nation Ireland has become: a gay PM, abortion on demand, the Church in tatters, cue picture of joyous crowds." Okay, it does not mention its joy at the collapse of the Irish church but it makes its views clear with pictures of nuns scuttling away from polling stations looking miserable.
Meanwhile back in the UK the same folks who reckon that the 17.4 million who voted for Brexit did not really understand the issue and should have left it to the politicians and experts, cheer on the result. What a great thing this referendum was, prattle Owen Jones and the rest of the metropolitan elite. More hypocrisy for tea Gina Miller?
The campaign wsas deceitful. Those who supported abortion talked again and again of sad cases where women were carrying a foetus that would not survive birth or one created as a result of rape or incest. It is hard not to accept that such women should have a right to a termination.
Occasionally some campaigners strayed off line and mentioned a foetus that we knew would be handicapped or have Down's Syndrome. Surely they argued a woman carrying such a foetus has a right to an abortion. Really? Are they saying that the life of someone with a handicap or with Downs' is worth less than the life of a healthy human? The Nazis took a similar line. I challenge anyone holding that view to walk with me to Woodlarks on July 28 and to tell the campers there that their life is worth less than yours or mine, that they have fewer rights, including the right to life, than you or I.
The reality is that the vast majority of the 3,000 Irish women travelling to the UK for abortions each year and the many more who will now have abortions in Eire will be killing healthy babies created as a result of consensual sex. By using extreme cases the YES campaign have persuaded Ireland that it will allow thousands of such babies to be murdered every year.
Abortion in Ireland will like abortion in England , it will now be just another form of birth control, largely for those who could not be bothered to use other forms. Yes a woman should have a right to control her body but that right does not trump the right to life of another living being. The reality that those crowds of young folk and feminists celebrating in Dublin this weekend choose to ignore, is that they are celebrating the right to murder a living being because it is an inconvenience, it would change the lifestyle of the mother.
The law in Ireland was inhumane in that it denied abortions where there was a compelling moral case, for instance where the baby could not survive. I, or rather an ex-wife, have been in that position. I feel that our conscience is clear. But the laws that will now be introduced are nothing other than the legalisation of murder. I suppose we are meant to regard this as progress. My uber liberal daughter Olaf will call me a dinosaur but I do not see this as progress in any way shape or form. And Olaf, I do have a right to a view even though I am a man. Half those babies who will now be legally murdered would have been male. All would have been humans.
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As we know big Corporations love the EU. Goldman Sachs led the cheerleaders for Project Fear and the ball breakingly liberal virtue signalling elitists at LinkedIn have jumped in on the act with some selective use of their own data.
Joshua Graff the UK Country Manager & VP EMEA at LinkedIn has penned the article below which states boldly at the top:
Our latest Workforce Report reveals that since the Brexit referendum the flow of talent has reversed, the UK is losing talent to the EU, and other potential sources of skills are not filling the gap.
The headline on the LinkedIn alert was even more scary " The UK is losing talent to the EU". Well er no Joshua old fruit, your own survey which is by definition selective as not everyone uses LinkedIn to hire, cannot substantiate the claim that this is because of Brexit
As we all know, for many years bright young things from the economic zombie that is the EuroZone have moved in large numbers to the UK, notably to London. For the same reasons that there are few economic migrants heading across the Med seeking a better life in Chad or Upper Volta, far fewer Brits seek work in the EZ.
So has this flow of talent been "reversed" as LinkedIn's Graff claims with more Brits heading to the EZ than Europeans heading to the UK? Yes it has. There are now marginally more folks leaving the UK for the zombie zone than vice versa.
There has, it seems been a 26% fall in EU folks coming to the UK. But there has also been a 20% fall in folks from outside the EU coming to the UK. So perhaps it is not just Brexit? Maybe it is the sky high costs of living in London of affording a roof over your head? Who knows? Or maybe if Josh read his own data...
There is a killer admission buried at the bottom:
The UK remains a net importer of talent from non-EU countries, because the number of professionals leaving for these countries is still lower than the number arriving from them.
Aha. Despite Brexit.
There is a more important point which might explain why EU nationals are coming to Britain in fewer numbers: there is less demand for them. The LinkedIn survey states:
Hiring nationally is down across the UK. The seasonally adjusted (S.A.) Hiring Rate across the UK was down Month on Month (MoM) in March, falling 1.2% since February and maintaining a downward trend since January. Year on Year (YoY), the hiring rate was 6% higher in March 2018 versus March last year.
Apparently the only sector that is hiring much more is, quelle surprise, the public sector. More sociology lecturers and consultants on transgender awareness for the NHS, that is what we need.
The LinkedIn data is based on "relevant insights from a survey of more than 600 recruiters and HR professionals in order to understand the experiences of talent professionals working in this changing environment". So these folks are hiring fewer folks so perhaps that explains the trends. But it does not mean that Brexit is to blame. Events can be conjoined but not connected, as the philosopher Hume explianed so clearly.
UK employment is now- despite Brexit - at its highest ever level and unemployment is at a 42 year low. Yet somehow arch remoaners manage to conclude that Brexit is causing untold damage to our economy. Whatever....the planes leaving Heathrow are packed with Brits fleeing Brexit says LinkedIn.
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Apparently the great woman has a new artwork so was invited on to the Today programme to discuss it and how it reflected on Brexit. I should have braced myself.
According to Ms Emin she opposes Brexit because she does not want Britain "demoted to some demented island offshore Europe".
Hmmmm. That would be Britain which is the world's 5th largest economy and the one that has grown, creating record employment since the Brexit vote which folks like Emin warned would, at once, create economic disaster all round. Was Britain "demented " before we joined the EU, in the era of Shakespeare or of Constable and Turner? Or when it stood alone and defeated the evil of fascism more than seventy years ago? So why should it become such a backwater post Brexit?
We have no idea of the terms of our Brexit yet but Ms Emin assures us that she does and she knows that we will become an irrelevant backwater overnight.
If I want someone to come and crap on my bed to make it valuable art I will call Tracey. But for an informed view on global politics and macro-economics is the BBC really sure that she is the most qualified of experts? Should its flagship radio programme really be giving her airtime to spout her views on this matter? Or at least challenging the old bag to justify such a strongly worded statement?
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I shall not name the Parish as that would be unfair on a female vicar who was enthusiastic and welcoming and on a large congregation of good folk but the service we attended on Easter Sunday morning was not one for the traditionalists, that is to say me. Dr Johnson would, no doubt, have viewed it as evidence that his famous bon mot on a women preaching was bang on the money.
I suppose I should have been alerted when, upon entry, we were presented with no hymn books or order of service, for everything we had to sing or say appeared on screens throughout the church. Seeing the screens excited Joshua who had immediately said "Peppa" very loudly but was somewhat disappointed when his porcine heroine failed to appear.
When I told my father that the service included a short drama session depicting the resurrection he knew which way this was heading. We had already had the same story relayed to us via the gospel (not KJV but a rather newer version) so why do we need it a second time? It is the way parts of the CofE try to "get down with the kids" and relate to "a younger audience".
In the same vein the vicar's sermon managed to include the theme music from EastEnders and also a cartoon flashed up on our screens of some folks in a swimming pool which the vicar used as a metaphor for faith. In front of us a mother, with kids dressed in the sort of home made wooly jumpers designed to get them beaten up at school but so beloved of the sort of middle class Christians who raise their hands to the Lord during hymns, nodded approvingly.
The folks in the congregation were welcoming and did not mind Joshua running around happily once he realised that Peppa was not appearing on screen. They are far better people than I can hope to be and I am sure far less judgemental, except when it comes to LGBT issues (pro), Brexit ( anti), capitalism (evil) global warming denial (akin to holocaust denial), Israel (the bad guys) and other things on which the CofE tends to be utterly judgemental.
It is just that, like my father, I find the attempts of the CofE to "relate" to a 21st Century audience just a but of a turn-off.
The Mrs says that is because my world view is from the nineteenth, not even the twentieth, century. Heck, I reply, the nineteenth century was not all bad and she gives me a Paddington stare.
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Rather confused about the clocks going forward, my eighteen month old son Joshua and I prepared to watch some of the old Michael Horden voice-over Paddington Bear cartoons on video. Instead we found ourselves watching Andrew Marr as he introduced Guardian and Observer journalist and all-round nonsense talker Carole Cadwalladr.
Some of us who were at Oxford 30 years ago, age with our hair changing colour and more lines appearing on an increasingly beaten and worn boat-race. I, sadly, am in that camp. I was struck by how Carole had the same coloured hair as when we both went down some c30 years ago and no lines at all on a wrinkle free face which, oddly, did not look at all like the face I remembered. It really is odd how some folks age. Lucky her.
Almost since the great moment when we evil Brexiteers triumphed in the great Independence Day referendum, Carole has been pushing the line of Russian interference. You know the sort of stuff: bots on twitter, facebook advertising, claims that Vlad and cohorts were funding the Leave campaigns. The Observer and its rapidly dwindling readership, appeared to have loved it although in terms of hard facts, that is to say proof of any meaningful Russian interference, Carole and her colleagues have failed to produce anything. Innuendo does not count.
But for a butthurt remaoner that does not matter. If only those Russian bots on twitter had not caused millions of feeble minded folks to vote Leave, then the result would have been different. True butthurt remoaners like Carole simply cannot accept the fact that we Brits ignored the dire warnings from elitists like her that only old people and stupid racists wanted Brexit and voted for it anyway.
But now Carole has a new avenue to pursue. So she explained to Marr how the Brexit result was all to do with Cambridge Analytica, facebook data scraping and thus this invalidated the outcome. But hang on, there was sod all facebook UK data scraped. the leave campaign did not use Cambridge Analytica. But so what. Repeatedly Carole was asked where's the evidence? There is of course none. Just like there was no evidence that the Russians stole the result but that has not stopped Cadwalldr banging on about it ad nauseam for 18 months.
I suppose at least this means that Carole might fess up that her tens of thousands of words about how the Russians stole it were all her little joke. Or maybe Vlad is working arm in arm with facebook. I rather lose track.
In due course this canard will be put to bed by all bar the most dedicated remoaner loons. At that point I fully expect Cadwalladr to come up with a new crazy theory to explain why the British people could have been so stupid to ignore all the experts, the celebs, the academics, most of the deadwood press and all of the BBC to vote for Brexit. Because as all metropolitan elitists know, because they are so much smarter than the rest of us, there were no good reasons for the result so someone must have rigged the ballot somehow, someone must have used foul means to persuade feeble minded people like me and my wife to vote the wrong way.
It does not matter if there is no evidence for this, if butthurting remoaners like Carole Cadwalladr write about it often enough maybe the peasantry will start to believe it anyway.
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My late ex father in law Iwan was consistently damning about the Assembly, which governs the Wales he loved with such fervour. He was a man who had grafted away all his life as builder and developer, risking his capital and working bloody hard to make a decent living for his family and along the way paying vast amounts of tax.
In the Welsh Assembly he saw a bunch of wastrels even less talented than the poltroons at Westminster. But like the folks at Westminster almost no assembly members had ever been an entrepreneur or run a business, they were folks who has spent a lifetime sucking at the nipples of the state and so who felt no qualms about voting for more money to be spent knowing that folks like Ewan and myself would be picking up the tab.
And so we know discover that the Welsh Assembly is to consult 7-11 year olds on Brexit. Where to start? In 7 years time some of those might vote and then there views count right now they do not. We have a voting age for a reason. Moreover even if the thoughts of seven year old taffies on Brexit did matter, which they don't, what is the Welsh Assembly going to do about it? It has no say in the process of Brexit.
This is a totally pointless exercise which will cost money. No doubt those who have organised it also bleat on about austerity and the need to pay greedy doctors and greedy and lazy teachers even more. I suspect that had they spent even a short while risking their capital or working in the productive sector of the economy, seeing job cuts forced by economic downturn or by additional costs imposed by Government, they might think differently.
But that will not happen. The political class across all parties is now comprised of money tree believers.
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The liberal remoaning elite have spent the past year bleating on about Russian interference in the Brexit referendum. Loons like, person of the people, Carole Cadwalladr of the Guardian and all the folks at Channel 4 fake News have droned on ad nauseam. Sure there were only about 1000 tweets from Russian state related accounts on Brexit but that caused all 17.4 million of us to vote the wrong way. There is no evidence but that will not stop the Russian "exposes".
The remoaners argue, correctly, that foreign interference in a domestic vote is wrong. Oddly they did not complain when President Obama weighed in to intervene but folks like the Guardian editorial team operate in a post fact world where there is no need to be consistent.
So this week we learned that Hungarian American George Soros has given £700,000 to groups trying to overturn the referendum. Give her dues even the high priestess of barking mad metropolitan elitist remoaning, Gina Miller, says this is wrong. But most in the liberal media thing there is nothing to see here.
Thus, on Channel 4 Fake News, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, found himself interviewing Brexit supporting Richard Tice about the matter. Krishnan went straight for the smear as you can see below noting "There have been allegations of a nasty undertone in that George Soros, who throughout he's life has been attacked in an antisemitic way. That's been denied by various people today but what do you say to this allegation.
What to say? We Brexiteers were onme led by a Jewish businessman, Sir James Goldsmith ( father of arch Brexiteer Zac), back in the days of the Referendum Party. Would Krish like to clarify who exactly has been daft enough to go on the record saying that the objection to Soros money is because of his faith? Krishnan did not elaborate on that matter. Jews gave money to both pro and anti Brexit campaigns in the referendum. This is not about faith it is because Soros is a foreigner trying to get Britain to change a policy voted for by 17.4 million folks who, unlike Soros, have a British passport.
This was not a question from Guru-Murthy it was just a nasty and silly smear. When did you stop beating your wife? Are you sure that some of you lot are not Jew haters?.
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As of 2019 new British passports will be coloured blue as in the good old days, not EU red. This will not cost £500 million as some remoaners like James Caan claimed. It will not cost a cent. But still the fake news continues with the loathsome Guardian leading the way. Its headline today is "Blue Passports to mean red tape say EU officials" Natch this is just sheer fiction.
Certain EU officials have told the Guardian that once we leave the Evil Empire those of us with British passports may face delays at airports as we leave the EU queues and go into the Rest of the World Queues. Well if EU countries wish to punish Brits for Brexit by under-staffing the RoW lines I am sure that it will do wonders for the tourist trade in Spain, Italy, Greece etc. In other words while the EU wants to threaten another punishment beating for we naughty Brits, the real casualties will end up being its own citizens.
But that is not the point. The point is that we will be punished for being Brits, the colour of our passport makes no difference. We could stick with EU red or go for a glorious LGBT rainbow to pander to the Guardian and it would make no difference. In other words the Guardian headline is just pure fake news bollocks.
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Young and growing populations drive economic growth. Ageing and shrinking populations cause economic decline. In light of this perhaps Brexit remoaners should consider the graphic below and then explain why Britain, with a young and growing population.should want to shackle itself to a dying continent?
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I wandered up to the Greek Hovel this morning and saw, at once, that something was not quite right. Yes there were olives on the trees as you can see below but not vast numbers.
Instead the floor around each tree was carpeted with leaves and olives. Disaster! What had I done wrong?
Heading back to the village of Kambos it was soon clear. It is not just me. The whole village is in mourning for here the trees are like a beautiful woman, they are to be nurtured, protected and loved. In return they give generously. That is the theory. But the Gods have not been kind to us this year.
A few days ago there was a terrible storm. I kind of guessed as much as, in places, the track up to the hovel is reminiscent of the Somme in 1916. And the dry river at the bottom of the valley which one must cross to start the ascent up snake hill and to the hovel is getting fuller by the day.
The storm smashed into the trees hard. Gloomily my neighbours suggest that 60% of the harvest has been lost. Others say it is 80%. What on earth have they done in Kambos to suffer such a fate. Have the Gods not punished this country enough?
For me it is a pain but nothing more. My olive income might, in a good year, pay for a flight and a holiday here. I still hope to do a brief harvest for a day or two to bring back some oil to Britain and perhaps sell a few litres to get enough to pay George the Albanian for his help. But for my neighbours who really do need that olive money this is truly disastrous.
There is a glimmer of light. Lovely Eleni from the Kourounis taverna says that the Government is there to help. Welcome to Greekenomics. The Greek state is, as you know, bankrupt and only exists by borrowing more money from the ECB, the EU and others in return for taking measures to screw its poorest folks even more - real austerity. But the bankrupt Government may, it seems, be prepared to hand out cash to we poor farmers to cushion our losses - can Mrs May agree to up the Brexit divorce bill by a bit more, Kambos needs her to be weak.
All I need to do is head to the Town Hall ( workforce 4 for a population of 637) and ask for my cash? Suddenly a bare and broken olive tree becomes a money tree. What's not to like.
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I see that Guardian journalist Carole Cadwalladr is complaining that she has received death threats after writing what she, without any justification, claimed to be an expose of Russian meddling in the Brexit vote. Let us be clear: Carole is talking shite on the Russians, as she does on almost everything, as I noted here, but death threats against journalists are always utterly wrong. I speak as a journalist who has received death threats.
Natch the old Bill did sweet FA about those I received for having the audacity to expose Quindell as the Stockmarket's biggest fraud in thirty years - you need to be an MP like Anna Soubry or a celeb or shagging Tom Daley to get any joy out of the rozzers these days. And as such folks like Carole and myself have a sad choice: write about fluffy kittens and so be loved by everyone or expose things (or in Carole's case make them up) and get grief.
And so in every respect I sympathise with Carole and defend her right to carry on writing. But equally I should point out that she, Theresa May and others are just talking utter shite about the Russians and Brexit. On new media it has now been established that of 22.6 million tweets opposing Brexit, 416 came from folks who are likely to be linked to Russian agencies. Can anyone say that this is really significant? How many tweets went out reminding us of President Hopey Change's American intervention in Brexit on behalf of Project Fear? A stack more than 416.
I do not believe that many of the 48% were swayed by the Nobel Peace prize winning man, who did so much to make Syria the country it is today, with his interventions. But equally is it really credible to suggest that those 416 tweets swayed any of the 17.4 million of us who voted for Brexit? Yet Mrs May, the Guardian and other remoaners continue to state otherwise.
Carole Cadwalladr's big thesis is that Russian cash found its way to fund the Brexit campaign and the link man here is Arron Banks who is married to a Russian and therefore clearly suspect. Carole has missed out that my uncle Chris Booker who has written about the evils of the EU for three decades is also married to a half Russian. I suggest that she half implicates him too.
Admittedly the finances of Banks are mysterious. He did pump £9 million into the campaign yet his finances elsewhere seem stretched. Where did that cash come from. Let's go to the Channel 4 website:
In a statement, Mr Banks said: “The Leave. EU campaign was funded by myself, Peter Hargreaves and the general public . . . My sole involvement with ‘the Russians’ was a boozy 6 hour lunch with the Ambassador where we drank the place dry.”
In an interview with Banks earlier this year, the Guardian quoted him as saying that “we had no Russian money into Brexit”.
The journalist conducting the interview, Carole Cadwalladr, wrote that the comment “would be a perfectly reasonable answer, if he had been asked if Russia had put money into Brexit. But he hadn’t. He asked and answered his own question”.
I suspect that some of the Banks cash may have come from non UK sources - he has a number of Eurosceptic pals in the Isle of Man. And that might be an issue for him and it is right that his funding be looked into. But there is really no hard evidence at this point, or indeed any evidence at all, that Russian cash was involved.
In every election where the lefty establishment is threatened or beaten they now play the Russia card. And they do so without any evidence at all. In the case of Trump the smear is based on a clearly very dodgy dossier paid for - it has now emerged - by his opponent, crooked Hillary. In the case of Brexit there is not even a dodgy dossier. There is just nothing but assertion without evidence. But if Carole and the Guardian wish to write articles pretending otherwise for their dwindling readership that is something they should have every right to do without threat.
553 days ago
Arch remoaner Anna Soubry was yesterday bleating about press coverage of her and 14 other Tory MPs who are going to make it as hard as possible to pass Brexit legislation. Soubry views terms like "collaborator" as offensive and links it directly to the fact that she had received 5 threatening tweets on this matter.
There is no evidence linking those sending the tweets to the editorial line of the Daily Mail and the Express. But Soubry does not need evidence she is happy to smear and proceed without it. Could it perhaps be that 17.4 million of us voted for Brexit and are really pissed off that what we were told would be a binding vote is now being mangled, blocked or delayed by folks like Soubry who think they know better than the great unwashed? And that 5 of the 17.4 million have, in their anger, behaved disgracefully, without any guidance from the Daily Mail?
Of course, being an MP, Soubry can get the police involved and so have her safety ensured and she has reported the miscreant five to the rozzers. I do not deny her the right to do that and indeed I think the Old Bill should investigate explicit threats made on twitter. It is just that for we plebs no such protection exists.
When some poltroon objected to my exposes on the Quindell fraud he responded, inter alia, by expressing a desire, via twitter, to cut my throat. It was one of three death threats I received that year. Natch the Police refused to do anything, not even to pop along and warn the moron off. When MPs express outrage at awful things said about them on twitter they need to be aware that they enjoy far greater protection that others who may be in equal danger. They are of course blissfully unaware of this and just play the martyr, no-one more than Anna Soubry.
Anna does not like being referred to as a collaborator ore as someone who has betrayed her party or the voters. Well guess what Anna, 17.4 million of us do not like being referred to as "thick, old, racist, xenophobic, ignorant, little Englanders, being unaware of the real issues, etc". But that is how folks like Anna have described those of us who voted for Brexit for the past 18 months.
If you can't stand the heat Anna... get out of the kitchen. Or at least do not have the timerity to start telling a free press what it should or should not be saying. Politicians who go down that route are invariably those who think that they are our masters not our servants, that they know better than we do what is best for the little people and thus should not be held to account. Anna: Does the cap fit?
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The narrative of the liberal elitists is always the same. We plebs may vote for Brexit or Donald Trump but the smart folks vote the "right way". They just know better than we do. Meet Elham Khatami.
As you can see she edits "Thing Progress" which, as you can seem says it "moves news forward". That is to say it spews out a diet of liberal claptrap, fake news about Donald Trump etc.
What you cannot see - as she has removed it - is her tweet on the New York terror attack and the Las Vegas shootings whch suggesst that POTUS is a racist for his double standards on his desired treatment of the two murderers. She has deleted that tweet but luckily not before some right thinking folks did a screen grab and pointed out the critical flaw in her thesis as you can see below.
Sure Elham you are so much smarter than me, please tell me what I should be thinking next.
572 days ago
A few years ago I wrote about how I felt a sense of resentment at the moral pressure to wear a poppy at this time of year. The Paddington stares of disapproval if you did not wear one were just becoming a little too sanctimonious. There seemed a race by broadcasters, politicians and other virtue signallers to be the first to display a dash of red on their lapel. Why wait for November 11 when you can start wearing a poppy in early October? In fact why not buy one in September?
However, I generally did wear one. Partly that was to annoy Guardian reading friends of my Mrs who used words like nationalism and imperialism when they saw the flower appear. And partly because I have real respect for the ordinary men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. However pointless the conflict, and World War One was the ultimate in pointless wars, those who fell were brave and believed they were doing the right thing in serving their country, whichever country that was. They have my respect.
How things have changed in just a few years. The left is resurgent. And so we see the Rev Steve Bailey of Oadby banning Onward Christian Soldiers from his Remembrance day service lest it offend folks of other faiths. The only non Christian who regularly attends Bailey's Armistice Day service is a Hindu veteran who things the vicar is a loon. Of course he is.
Over in the little read and patronising rag that is the dreary Independent last year, perennial loon Robert Fisk argued that the poppy was racist since it was largely worn by we Brexit lovers who want to throw our wartime allies (the Poles etc) out of Britain. Of course we do not and have never said we would and outside the media bubble millions of ordinary folks wear poppies as a quiet sign of respect for men of all races and all colours who died fighting for their country. They have nothing to do with Brexit or racism or anything bad.
There may be a few racists who wear poppies but that does not mean they own the flower. This is the sort of logic that for many years saw metropolitan elitists like Fisk shun the National Flag since it had "become the symbol of the extreme right". Of course it had not and eventually that idiotic thinking was abandoned.
In the face of more pressure from folks who are wrong on every great issue of our time to wear no poppy or a white poppy, my mind is made up. It is a red poppy for me with money going to a good cause, my respects for the dead paid and my contempt for an increasing number of the living demonstrated..
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The OECD, aka a think tank run by and for the vested interests of the 1%, the global elite, has today urged Britain to hold a second referendum on Brexit and to vote the right way. Naturally the BBC and the rest of the liberal media is loving it and not bothering to point out one little inconvenient truth, that the OECD is a proven Brexit liar.
The OECD says today that a new referendum or a change of government leading to the UK staying within the EU would have a "significant" positive impact on growth. It also warned "no deal" would see investment seize up, the pound hit new lows and the UK's credit rating cut.
Hmmm. Now here is a quote from the BBC's sister paper the Guardian from before the referendum
Analysis by the OECD found that the UK economy would be just under 1.5 percentage points smaller in 2018 after Brexit than it would be if the country voted to stay in the EU on 23 June.
Within three months it was admitting that this forecast was completely wrong as UK economic growth surged ahead. Now if its big call of 2016 was proved to be complete and utter bollocks why would anyone take its latest outburst seriously? Unless of course you are diehard remoaners at the BBC in which case you just publish the latest dire warnings without mentioning the fact that the OECD's track record on this matter is more Mystic Meg than Nostradamus.
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Before the Mrs heads off to work, filling the heads of impressionable young folks with left wing nonsense, she switches on BBC Radio 4's Today progamme to ensure that she gains confirmatory bias of her world view. It also ensures that I stay well out her way in the morning. But in an attempt to change the way I think she leaves Pravda blaring at full volume as she leaves. And thus I heard that crooked Hillary was set to be interviewed by Jenny Murray on women's hour as she plugs her ghastly new book yet again.
A few readers had emailed in questions. There was one about glass ceilings and women candidates. Oddly it did not mention Madame Le Pen but just poor Hillary who was such an excellent candidate in every way but just beaten because of sexism. The best question asked if in light of the Brexit vote and Clinton's defeat if Democracy was not always the best system. Quite right. Let's go with democracy on every issue unless the peasantry vote in away that might disagree with prissy middle class liberals in which case the results should be over-ruled.
Laughing hard at this nonsense I resolved to hang in their for Hillary, waiting for Jenny to ask her to show a shred of evidence that Russia assisted Trump, why Monica Lewinsky was not a victim of sexual harassment by her boss but was a "narcissistic loony toon" about Whitewater, about why she bleached her server to hide emails, about Benghazi, about why the Clinton Foundation was not returning Harvey Weinstein's cash, about Paula Jones and so much more. Actually I knew full well that there would be no such questions as the liberal media do not ask Hillary anything she does not want to answer.
But Hillary was delayed and then no-showed. Maybe she has had another medical collapse which she could then lie about and not be asked about by her pals in the media? I hope not. Every time the crooked one appears on screen with her lies, pathetic excuses and utter inability to appreciate why she is so disliked by so many Americans, it is another few votes in the bag for Trump2020. Keep at it Hill - you are doing great work.
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Radio 4's flagship Today programme was discussing Brexit in light of the recent comments by Boris and the forthcoming speech by the worst Tory Prime Minister in living memory, if not ever, Mrs May. It had already given time to the senile old remoaner Vince Cable who wants us to keep voting until we vote the "right" way, hence the word Democrat in his party's name. And so next up...from our Nottingham Studio it was fat old Euro-bore Ken Clarke.
What would you say in your speech if you were Theresa May? Asked the Pravda interviewer. Predictably Clarke offered up his vision of Brexit which would see us leave the EU but stay within all its institutions, paying vast amounts to Brussels and sticking by every EU rule including those on bent bananas. Brexit uber light. Oh and Boris should be sacked as well.
We knew what Clarke was going to say as he is wheeled on about once a week to offer his vision of the way forward. He is there so the BBC can say how balanced is its coverage of Brexit "Look we always interviewing Tories who back Brexit as balance to mad old Vince. But 99% of Tories and almost all Tory MP's other than that other BBC regular the ghastly Anna Soubry, now accept that Brexit means Brexit not just EU-light.
This is another sham pretence of balance from the taxpayer funded broadcaster. Surely no-one is fooled by it?
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Lord (Andrew) Adonis is one of those folks who wants we dumb commoners to keep voting on Brexit until we realise the error of our ways and vote the same way as clever people like him and the man who enobled him, the war criminal Tony Blair. So what is the worst thing about Brexit? His Lordship tweets to enlighten us...
So if the EU impose a sanction on Brits they do impose on, say, Canadians to punish us and that inconveniences Adonis, Polly Toynbee and the rest of the North London elite as they head to Tuscany for a summer vacation that is an "abomination."
Okay I am persuaded. Let's vote again and this time will do what I am told.
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You may not remember the name but surely you remember the wall to wall coverage in late August 2016 when a Polish man was "murdered" in Harlow, Essex. On the state Broadcaster Pravda Daniel Sandford led the main news bulletins claiming this was a ‘frenzied’ race-hate murder by feral youths, triggered by Brexit. Ramming home this core message we had comments supporting that agenda from the local MP and a Polish diplomat. There was no question of "waiting for the facts" as we are all urged to to after each terror attack - though we all know that it was not Colonel Mustard wth the bucket bomb in the library. The liberal media had an agenda and Mr Jozwik's corpse would support that agenda.
The BBC's sister paper the Guardian was worse. Its lead opinion piece on September 5 was headlined "The killing of a Polish man exposes the reality of post-referendum racism". It continued "Arkadiusz Jóźwik died after an attack in Harlow. The government must not allow xenophobes to set the tone since the Brexit vote"
Again the Guardian was not urging folks not to jump to conclusions. Brexit = racism. Shimples. As with Yasmin Sewied in New York who the BBC, The Guardian, CNN, Channel 4 and the rest of the liberal media fake news pack were quick to hail as a martyr abused by racist Trump supporters without verifying her (fake) story the truth has now emerged but have you seen little Daniel Sandford and the BBC issue a full correction? No.
Over on the BBC's flagship fake news programme John Sweeney carried an interview in which a friend of the dead man suggested that Nigel Farage ‘now has blood on his hands’. There was no challenge to that then as the rest of Sweeney's piece followed the same theme.
The liberal press reported gushingly on protest marches against Brexit racism spurred on by the dead pole.
Mr Jozwik's killer has now been tried and convicted of manslaughter. Here is what actually happened. There was no feral gang of racist youths in Harlow last August 31. One 15 year old lad, said to be a ‘shrimp’ little more than five feet tall was convicted of manslaughter. He floored Jozwik with one ‘superman’ punch from behind but it was not the punch that killed but Jozwik hitting the street. The CPS admitted that the punch was not intended to kill but was a reaction.
To what you ask? It seems that Mr Joswik (a large man) and a pal had been out drinking and Mr Joswik was - according to numerous witness statements - hammered. He was not quite the sober, gentle quiet giant we had been told he was by the liberal media last year.
It gets better. The Poles made a stream of racist remarks to "the shrimp" and his pals inviting the smaller Brits to have a go. So it was drunk Poles who made racist remarks and incited violence. What followed was bad and sad but the whole truth exposes the complete tissue of reported lies and agenda driven fake news of the Guardian, the BBC and the rest of the liberal MSM as sheer fantasy. Again. And again, when caught with their pants down there is no apology or retraction let alone an enquiry into how such shoddy journalism could have been allowed.
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5,000 folks marched through London yesterday to demand that we stay in the EU. The speakers included some poor incoherent dishevelled Irish chap who I thought was a Big Issue seller invited onto the platform as part of a drive for diversity but turned out to be Bob Geldof. Though the folks, most of whom seemed to be notably physically unattractive and/ or significantly overweight showing, once again, that politics really is show business for ugly people came up with all sort reasons for protesting its clear that all wanted stay in the EU.And that is how they felt before the nation vote the other way year. These remoaners just cannot accept democracy.
We need another vote they said. What happens if we vite again for Brexit. Then we can have yet another one. That is EU style democracy. Keep voting you fucking plebs until you vote the right way. Meanwhile we will all insult you for being thick and/or racist for voting the wrong way.
5,000 people in a country of 65 million really is not a lot. Put it this way, 6,730 folks felt strongly enough about watching Oxford United to pay to go to the home game against Gillingham in the 3-0 Division One match yesterday. Of those 382 were travelling Gills. Thus 6,448 were there to cheer for the boys in Yellow. More folks care about Oxford United than about frustrating the will of 17.4 million of their fellow citizens expressed in a democratic ballot, the biggest exercise in democracy this country has ever seen.
Were the BBC and C4 Fake News covering another win for mighty Oxford in full detail. Oddly no. But this really very small demonstration by those who reject democracy got mass coverage. Was it really deserved? Was that really balanced coverage? The answer has to be No. It says an awful lot about those who control the media and nothing whatsoever about what the country actually thinks.
As to those middle class folks who think their voices are more important than yours...I bring you a tweet and a video that says it all...
@Holbornlolz : This alone is reason to widen and dredge the English Channel
This alone is reason to widen and dredge the English Channel— Old Holborn✘ (@Holbornlolz) September 9, 2017
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I am no particular admirer of my Oxford contemporary, the pompous MP for somewhere in Somerset, Jacob Rees Mogg. But my fellow residents of the Hellenic Republic should at once establish a committee to erect statues of the pin stripe suited buffoon in every town square in our great land. The heroes of 1821 should stand shoulder to shoulder with the man who has arrived at a solution to our economic misery and enslavement by the fucking Germans, sorry I meant the EU, and banksters. Jacob Rees Mogg is the new Byron.
This may come as a surprise to Jacob but he raised a very valid point this week on the matter of Brexit which, to his credit, he supports unreservedly. Jacob notes that if the UK as a large net contributor is expected tp pay vast sums as the price of leaving then should a big net gainer wish to leave surely the EU would have to pay it a vast sum as compensation. His logic is impeccable.
The amount that the UK gave the EU in 2016 net of automatic rebate and the amount spent in the UK by the Evil Empire, spent not always wisely it should be said, was £8.6 billion (call it 9.4 billion Euro) and the EU is demanding 100 billion Euro as our exit bill so that is 10.64 times historic net contributions.
In 2015 - the last year for which we have figures - Greece paid E1.206 billion to the Evil Empire but the EU spent E6.210 billion in Greece making a net inflow of E5.004 billion to the Hellenes. As Rees Mogg points out, a consistent and logical EU would force Greece to accept -a cheque if it left the EU which on the UK multiplier formula would be E53.23 billion. There could be no talks about trade or the rights of Germans to relive the joys of the 1940s and move to Greece until the Greeks agreed to receive a cheque for 53 billion Euro.
That works out at a one off windfall equivalent to a 31% boost to GDP or put another way a one off gift of E4,936.51 for every man woman and child resident in Greece. Hmm I make that the cost of 897 meals of a Greek salad and an ouzo at lovely Eleni's Kouronis taverna in my home village of Kambos. Each time I raise my glass I would think of Jacob, the man who made this possible for Greece.
I am sure that my fellow residents would each happily donate 1 Euro of their windfalls towards the committee to erect a statue of Jacob Rees Mogg in every town square in this land.
The way forward is clear. leave the logical EU, pick up a cheque for 53 billion Euro, go straight to Go at which point revert to the drachma and say that all our external debts will be repaid in nice new drachmas. We all know that the drachma will plunge in value every year so the banksters take it up the arse, Greece has solved its debt problems at a stroke and with 53 billion Euros to spend from the EU as our "price of Grexit" it is ouzos all round as we toast the new Bryron, Jacob Rees Mogg.
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As an alternative to the fake news, non stop diet of Trump and Brexit bashing that is the BBC, our hotel offers up DW News, a German channel presented in English which offers up a non stop diet of Trump bashing and explanations of why the EU is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Today's winner was a story about a farm in Southern Italy run by a yuppie ancient history graduate which farms donkeys.
The young lady took over the place from her father and now earns an income by selling donkey's milk either as a drink or having turned it into soap or shampoo. The trouble is than donkeys do not yield much milk, just over half a litre per day per animal when in season.But fear not, the yuppie classics student turned farmer sells her milk at 14 Euro a litre. But even this is not enough to cover her costs so, the report, conceded that the farm is reliant on heavy EU susbsidies.
So in real world maths poor folks across Europe pay taxes so that the EU can employ officials to check out a donkey farm and then hand over slugs of cash so that a yuppie can ear a straw hat and designer jeans having a great lifestyle and sell her product at only 14 Euro a litre. Rich folks are the only ones who can afford to pay that and are delighted that the price is not even higher thanks to that EU subsidy. So rich folks get to save money, a spoiled princess gets to play farmer with her donkeys, men in suits are paid great salaries to organise this and poor folks pick up the tab through their taxes.
Naturally DW described this arrangement as "another European success story." Oddly I suspect that I am not alone in not viewing it quite in that manner.
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The last time I felt under attack from Sir Vince Cable was when he called on the FCA to deal with myself and fellow critics of that Great British company Quindell (QPP). As, even Sir Vince now knows, Quindell was the UK's biggest stockmarket fraud for 30 years, the regulators have thanked me for my work exposing it but Sir Vince worked hard with Lord Peter Hain of sleaze and others to get me sent to jail for market abuse.To the man who has predicted 17 of the last 4 recessions I say thank you once again for your efforts. Now he calls folks like me, hardline brexiteers, "jihadis" in an article in the Mail on Sunday which, even by the standards of that paper, is lie filled fiction.
It is hard to know where to start with Sir Vince's diatribe. He labels some of us Brexiteers Jihadis and implies that our extreme positions will cause violence. His only evidence is a speech by the loathsome Nigel Farage suggesting that if Brexit does not happen, that is to say if the result of the largest exercise in democracy in British history, is ignored, there may be civil unrest. Farage is not calling for it but he says there may be. Well Sir Vince what does history tell you happens when an out of touch and widely despised elite ( and we can surely agree that MPs are despised) ignore the wishes of the sans culottes? Sometimes we little people get angry.
Sir Vince then proceeds with economic analysis which is GCSE grade fail material to justify his claim that since 2010 "the old have shafted the young" - he writes:
The martyrdom of the old comes cheap, since few have jobs to lose. And even if the country were to become poorer, their living standards are largely protected by the 'triple lock' on the state pension and many can rely on occupational, final salary, pensions which are closed to younger people. When I joined the Coalition Cabinet in 2010, we took pride in the 'triple lock' to banish the scourge of pensioner poverty. But one of its unintended consequences has been a growing rift between generations.
Pensioners have suffered relatively little from the aftermath of the financial crisis – unless they were slow to shift savings from banks to shares or property. The burden of austerity has been carried by the working population. Young people suffer the additional disadvantage of prohibitive housing costs, growing job insecurity and limited career progression. The old have comprehensively shafted the young. And the old have had the last word about Brexit, imposing a world view coloured by nostalgia for an imperial past on a younger generation much more comfortable with modern Europe.
What pure drivel. There are a lot of pensioners who have been screwed by the policy response to 2008, those on fixed incomes for whom near zero interest rates have been a disaster. Our response to 2008 has been to obliterate the income streams of the prudent and yes most such folks are old. The idea that millions of pensioners could switch asset allocation to shares or buy to let in response is just fantasy.
Those low interest rates have fuelled an asset bubble notably in property and that has indeed screwed the young via higher rents and increased costs of buying. Indeed so expensive is it to rent that record numbers of young people have to sell their bodies for sex to survive. We should have raised interest rates to reward the prudent and to pop that bubble. We did not. When did Sir Vince make the electorally unpopular call for higher rates? Natch. Never.
This is not the old screwing the young and it is not a British only phenomena. It is the establishment screwing the rest of us, the pensioners, the young and the ordinary working class folk with no exposure to the asset bubble who missed out on the gains enjoyed by the metropolitan elites. Those who have suffered are the sort of folks who voted for Brexit and for Trump and for other people Sir Vince despises.
This is not about austerity for, as everyone bar the man sho has predicted 17 of the last 4 recessions knows, Government spending has increased in real and absolute terms, every year since 2008. There is no austerity. This is about ZIRP and the asset bubble.
Sir Vince's icing on the cake is the claim that we ageing Brexit voters voted as we did because of "a world view coloured by nostalgia for an imperial past ". Hmm I guess the 54% of Sikhs who voted to leave were just looking back on the Raj and saying let's have more of that. Notalgia means memories of things that happened in the past but is almost always used about events of which you have first hand experience. You look back nostalgically on your school days, on University, on your first kiss on when West Ham last won anything at all. But when did Britain last actually have an empire about which we can be nostalgic? The answer is during the second war: by 1945 the empire was in tatters, Britain was a bombed out mess. So to have remembered that imperial past you would have had to be, say, 12 in 1945 so born in 1933 which makes you 83 at the time of the Brexit vote. I put it to Vince that very few of we Brexit voters actually have any sense of imperial nostalgia. Folks in their sixties reached 12 in the sixties by when Empire was dead and buried.
Last week Polly Toynbee was saying that we evil Brexiters voted as we did to protect the green and pleasant land. Now Sir Vince says it is because we dream of empire. That is the way of the patronising elites they like telling the rest of us why we voted as we did because they know better than we do - we are just too dumb to know why we vote as we do. Okay the remoaners change their mind and contradict themselves but they do know best. Remember that common people.
I voted as I did because I wanted decisions about the country where I live made in that country not by an out of touch elite in a foreign land whose direction I could not influence and which was able to take my money year after year even though it could not get its accounts signed off and could not explain where the cash all went. I think that view can be summarised as believing in democracy. that also means that I respect the referendum result and don't - like Sir Vince - want it overturned. There used to be a party that believed so much in democracy that it had Democrat in its name. Sir Vince can you remember what that party was?
Incidentally my wife, whose parents came here from India, voted the same way as me but thanks to ir Vince we now know that this must be becuase she was just looking back on the Amritsar massacre of 1919 and thinking of what a great time we Britishers used to have before the evil EU.
As I noted above, even by the lamentable standards of the Mail on Sunday, the fraudster's friend scores a fact check fail.
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In her Guardian column today arch remoaner Polly Toynbee took time out from tending to her Tuscan castle to bash Brexit because it will hit British farmers so badly as they lose subsidies from the Common Agricultural Policy. Natch, the BBC took time out from the month long LGBT-fest to make way to report this breaking news from its sister publication and thus Toynbee opined on Radio 4's Today Programme. It was classic Toynbee and I am so glad my late grandfather Sir John Winnifrith, a true socialist and friend of Tony Benn and a campaigner for No! in 1975 was not around to hear it. He would be incandescent as he really did believe in "for the many not the few."
As ever, Toynbee started off by patronising we ignorant Brexiteers by telling us why we voted as we did. Apparently we voted for Brexit to preserve the British Countryside. Jeepers. And there was I thinking we voted for Brexit because we were all racists or just plain stupid. It is so good of Polly to let me know why I really voted as I did.
Toynbee went on to say that the end of CAP subsidies will see many British farmers go bust. Of course we put more into the EU than we take out so it would be very simple for the UK to carry on subsidising our farmers but just not have to pay to subsidise those in France, Germany, Italy etc. No British subsidies for Tuscany but more for the Shires...one can see why Toynbee's neighbours are so angry about it all.
But then Toynbee played her trump card saying that Liam Fox and the wicked Tories were trying to open up the UK to new markets which would allow more cheap food to enter Britain from outside the EU. Food prices would go down so some British farmers would go bust.
Now what was that that Mr Corbyn said about for the many not the few? The Mrs said "but is it not good for us to have locally produced food?" Of course for folks like this household and Ms Toynbee, when she is in genteel leafy North London as opposed to Tuscany, paying more for your food is not really an issue. We can afford it. But we are the few. So too are the farmers. The many are those who are struggling to make ends meet and for whom cheaper food would be great news.
That was what concerned my Grandfather in 1975. No longer being the senior Civil Servant (at MAFF) he could speak out. He warned that being in the EU meant external tariffs on non European food which would increase the cost of food. That was a bad thing. Though my grandfather had, via scholarship, gone to Westminster and Oxford he was all too aware that his father was a country vicar descended from blacksmiths and labourers. His mother was illegitimate, her mother a servant. My grandfather, though wrong on most things, cared deeply about those Toynbee pretends to care about, the poor and the working classes. But Toynbee never actually meets such folk and her outburst today shows that she really does not care at all.
As an evil right winger I believe in no subsidies. If British farming cannot compete with cheap food from abroad then so be it. Turn the countryside into theme parks for foreign tourists. Create real jobs and give our citizens cheap food. Do not expect profitable industries to be throttled by taxes needed to support the unviable. That is in no-one's interest. I would not expect La Toynbee to agree with that analysis, nor would my grandfather have supported it. But my solution offers a lower tax burden ( so helping the poor), real sustainable jobs not bought unsustainable jobs (so helping the poor) and cheaper food. What is so dreadful about that grandpa?
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Much of what makes me despair about life in this country appeared just before 9 AM on BBC Radio 4's flagship fake news programme Today. It started with a segment on global warming...
In that piece a reporter looked at power stations belching our carbon and asserted that this caused climate change and that as a result on the meadows in front of him the wildlife diversity was changing. Some species were disappearing and new ones were arriving. Then he rolled back over the past few thousand years and discussed how the climate and landscape and wildlife diversity had changed many times in relatively recent history. And, though he failed to note this critical point, it had done so without any contribution from mad made carbon emissions.
None the less for the BBC this is not a logical flaw to be discussed it is just glossed over. The liberal establishment just KNOWS that THIS TIME it is different and whilst God caused all other periods of dramatic climate change, this time it just has to be man. We are now far more powerful than nature and its cycles.
Just when I thought it could get no worse John Humphries piped up with a section on the threat posed to Britain by the extreme right. His guest was Paul Stocker, a Research Associate in Fascist Studies at the prestigious academic hothouse that is the University of Teesside. I bet his students get a high quality balanced education and emerge with degrees that leave them well placed to thrive in the private sector. And to think that Mr Stocker only got a 1% pay rise this year plus grade increments fir all his valuable work.
Stocker has written a book called the English Uprising and this was linked to the threat of the extreme right via the Brexit vote. Stocker pointed out that Northern Ireland and Scotland voted to remain so Brexit was an English thing. Of course that rather ignores how our friends the cottage burners voted - Wales wanted out too but let's not spoil the plot. So what if the fellow falls into the first logical trap to point out this huge flaw in his work is an insult to all hard working, underpaid and dedicated propagandists. Oops I meant academics.
Stocker asserted that many of the concerns of we Brexiteers, such as immigration and multiculturalism were those of the far right. "ideas of the far right, a radical critique of immigration and multiculturalism" droned Stocker and Humphries did not dissent.
That chap Trevor Phillips who formerly headed the Commission for Racial Equality but now says that multiculturalism has failed - he must have been intellectually captured by the far right then: send out a rescue mission. So too must all 17 million of us who voted for Brexit even though many of us did so in support of things like a desire for greater democracy.
As it happens i support unlimited immigration (combined with a slashing of the welfare state) but as a tolerant sort of fellow I cant see why we cannot debate immigration or multiculturalism. The true fascists are those who say that anyone offering a critique of our current policies is of the far right or is accepting the ideas of the far right. Is tolerance of FGM compatible with true multiculturalism? Discuss. Or rather do not discuss in case you fall off the path of political correctness because you have accepted an idea of the far right.
This is the same sort of lunacy that used to see the bien pensants of the liberal media say "you cannot fly a Union Jack as it is the preserve of the far right." Of course that was rot but in ensuring that good ordinary patriots did not fly the flag for fear of being slated they allowed the far right to be seen as the main flag wavers.
Thankfully we have moved past that sort of nonsense but the fascist left has not given up and in its strongholds of the media (especially the BBC) and in academia its attack on free speech, on our right to challenge what the left has dictated be regarded as an unassailable othodoxy, grows ever more unpleasant.
676 days ago
There is a strong contest to be the maddest and most extreme Brexit denier in public life. Normally Tory MP Anna Soubry is a strong contender, turning up on the BBC or C4 twice a day to offer up a few post fact era words to explain why she cannot accept the democratic will of the nation. But this week Soubry started to look positively sane when compared to two chaps who really are yesterday's men.
First up was the former PM and well known war criminal Tony Blair. Old Tony is hearing voices again. Poor fellow. Back in his pomp those voices told him that Saddam had Weapons of Mass Destruction capable of hitting British bases within 45 minutes. This week the voices told him that EU leaders would agree to all sorts of compromises that would allow Britain to get a far better deal so we could vote again on whether to stay in the EU.
So why didn't the EU leaders give Call Me Dave such a deal before the 2016 referendum, instead of the worthless Munich style piece of paper he was forced to try to sell to us as bringing peace in our time? Strangely the EU leaders denied telling Mr Blair any such thing but still the old fool blathered on. The one voice Mr Blair cannot seem to hear is that of the British people who may be divided on almost everything else but are almost united in loathing and despising Blair and not believing a word he says. For some reason Blair is the only person in Britain today who thinks we give a fuck what Mr Blair thinks or says.
Normally Mr Blair and his voices would win the mad remoaner of the week contest but on this occasion he was trumped by former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg who suggested we have a second referendum on Brexit with 16-30 year olds given two votes as they have more of a stake in the result.
I quite like this principle. Higher earners pay most tax. The top 1% of income taxpayers pay c30% of all income tax. How about we gave them 10 votes, and normal rate taxpayers 1 vote and those who pay no tax zero votes on a referendum on whether we move to a 10% flat tax and also force the Government, by law ,to have a balanced budget. We who pay most tax surely, on the Clegg principle, deserve far more votes that those inhabiting the welfare safaris of Northern England and the Celtic provinces?
But it is not democratic and so it is wrong. I suppose that a party that supported secret courts and gagging the press is entitled to call itself Liberal just as the same party can show utter contempt for the biggest vote in British history and call itself Democratic. To be fair that great Liberal John Stuart Mill did toy with the idea of giving more votes to those who were more intelligent. In his day that was to be judged by those who had obtained a University Degree when that marked you out as academically elite. We would need a rather different test today.
But it seems that there is scant evidence that the millennials are brighter than we old folk or that they understand the EU - or indeed anything - better than we do. The one thing that can be said in their favour is that in Sheffield Hallam a few weeks ago they had the good sense to vote against Nick Clegg in droves for he really does seem to be losing the plot badly.
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All journalists have opinions. None of us can be truly impartial as we have our own views and prejudices. If you are a columnist, that is to say you write opinion that is why you do what you do. The views of Polly Toynbee, George Monbiot and Owen Jones are well known. They are Big State money tree worshipping lefties and argue that line. On the other side Mark Steyn, Melanie Phillips or Peter Hitchens take a different tack. I do not hide my own libertarian take on life. But none of the above are reporting news and when doing that your prejudices do matter. You should bury your on news when reporting FACT.
Channel 4 News is the UK's biggest fake news reporter. It openly detests Trump, happy to make up quotes to support its thesis that he is a racist, is violently anti Brexit and massively anti Tory. And that has led to it NOT reporting or really taking to task certain issues relating to parties or issues it supports but time and again simply reporting fake news about issues or folks it opposes.
I do not think that its ageing anchorman Jon Snow or most of his colleagues actually want to report fake news. Kylie Morris, the Trump bashing correspondent is different, she is clearly happy to make things up to support her case, or rather that of her beloved Dems. But the massive prejudices of the UK based team just mean that they are prepared to take on trust sources who have "stories" that support the platform of the liberal metropolitan elites. All too often that leads to fake news reporting. It also leads to C4 running utterly unbalanced panels of "experts" to discuss a given issue and to some very dubious story selection.
So what is the tweet? It has now been deleted and the user has locked down his account but it refers to Snow's pilgrimage to hear the Messiah preaching to the faithful at "Glasto." Quite simply Snow hates those of us on the right with with a visceral passion. That spirit runs throughout the team at C4 News and that is why its news is so often fake news.
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Everyone, including me, called the French election right, but I was one of very few who predicted a Trump win in the US. For my hat-trick I am now having a stab at forecasts for the UK General Election on a party by party basis. But first just a few general observations before I go onto what will be a night of triumph for the Tories.
1. We are back to the 1970s in that - outside Scotland - we now have two party politics. In England and Wales almost 90% of those voting will back he Tories or Labour. Folks know that the other parties are irrelevant.
2. London is different to the rest of Britain. Multicultural, largely very asset rich, remoaning it is keener on brand Corbyn than the rest of us. Labour may pile up votes in safe seats in the Capital but in real England the values of the Corbynistas go down like a bag of cold sick and the shift will be away from Labour.
3. The Tories ran an awful campaign but at the end of last week it hit is nadir in terms of support as minds focused on the sheer horror of the alternative. Events at London Bridge have not helped Labour. Corbyn and his close allies have been the friends of all sorts of awful terrorists for 35 years. Folks know that.
4. There are imponderables. The biggest is how many young people who can't remember the IRA and believe in Money Trees have registered to vote or will bother to cast a ballot?
So how will the parties fare? I exclude Northern Ireland because although Ulster is God's chosen land I have never understood its desire to elect folks who from all parties are as mad as a nest of snakes. So let's just leave NI as snakes 18 unchanged. The speaker, the loathsome John Bercow, will also hold his seat so make that 19 snakes.
UKIP will win no seats. In fact I'd be surprised if it keeps its deposit in more than a handful of places. The party is well and truly over and its leader Paul Nuttall can go back to playing for Tranmere Rovers or whatever he claims to be good at. In many seats it is not standing so its 4-5% in the polls is illusory. It will be lucky to get 2% of the national vote. The question is where do its 4 million votes from 2015 go to. Oddly many of those votes came FROM Labour but they will not be going back. My instinct is that most fruitcakes from 2015 will vote Tory, with a large chunk not voting and only a small number voting UKIP or Labour.
The SNP is now on 56 seats but will, I predict lose 12. The Scottish Nazis have not run the Greece of the North well and their obsession with independence post the referendum defeat is not helping - most polls now show a clear and increasing majority against independence. There will be some tactical voting by Unionist/ SNP haters and the extent of that is the great imponderable thus I would expect The Tories to gain 9 to go to 10, Labour to gain 1 to go to 2 and the Lib Dems to gain 2 to go to three.
That is almost the end of the good news for the Lib Dems. They should pick up two seats in South West London on the remoaning riviera and that will see the fraudsters friend Vince Cable back at Halitosis Hall. But they may not hold the Richmond by-election gain ( where the fuzz are now investigating their god-awful MP) and they will lose a couple of other seats (Southport and North Norfolk) so net net they will end up on 10 (up from 9). Do not expect Cable, the man who has predicted 17 of the last 4 recessions to hang around for long. He will stab hapless Tim Farron in the back and be crowned as the Lib Dem's new leader by the Autumn.
Plaid Cymru have not had a good election but folks in parts of Wales are strange so they cottage burners may hold their three MPs.
The Greens will hold their one seat in Brighton. The only possible gain is Bristol West which has in living memory been Con, Lab and Lib Dem. The seat is prosperous and remoaning. But the Labour MP is a very likeable woman and I think she will hold as the opposition fragments.
Labour is on 229 seats right now. There will be the odd rogue result which sees a Labour gain. But outside London the UKIP votes going to the Tories and traditional lower middle and working class votes going Blue (as well as Indian and Jewish voters) will see Labour do very badly indeed. It is perfectly possible that the overall Labour vote may - thanks to Scotland and London - actually go up but seats like where I live where Labour has a 4,000 majority may well go blue. The Bookies have the Tories odds on with Labour evens in Bristol East. On that basis my prediction is Labour 201
And that leaves the Tories winning 372 seats and thus having a majority of 92. They do not deserve to win so handsomely but they will certainly have a comfortable majority so it is full steam ahead on Brexit.
Please note the imponderables at the top of this article. The polls suggest that it will be closer than I forecasts. But the fact that both Mrs May and Comrade Corbyn have spent the past few days campaigning in what should be safe Labour territory tells you what the internal polling of the major parties is telling them.
749 days ago
I was wandering towards passport control from where my Easyjet flight from Kalamata had landed, that is to say bloody miles from anywhere, when I heard a woman's voice behind me. "Welcome to bloody Brexit land" she said sneeringly and loudly. Quick as a flash, I said equally loudly "Or as we call it these days, the newly free and independent United Kingdom."
She scoffed and expressed surprise that she had met someone who supported Brexit. I pointed out that we had voted for Brexit in a referendum last year so there were an awful lot of people like me. She scoffed again, and displaying a grasp of arithmetic of which Diane Abbott would be proud said "Only 51% voted for it, it was a minority".
As one of the 52%, which is like 51% a majority, it was hard to know how to counter that remark but I had no need to, as the woman was keen not to let me interrupt her monologue and continued "I know how you people think as I worked here for several years." I did not question her deep understanding of the British national psyche but decided that I would virtue signal and so said "and how much we enjoy folks like you coming from Europe to work hard in Britain. You are so welcome." I said this in a genuine way and I meant it. I was enjoying being welcoming and also showing how bloody virtuous I was.
The woman snapped back "well enjoy being an isolated island cut off from Europe." I countered with "we will be great global citizens ( bonus marks for that PC phraseology) and trade with the growing economies around the world, India, China , the USA not just the ageing economic zombie that is Europe" Ouch. The woman's partner butted in "you will sell weapons to Turkey so it can attack Greece where we come from."
I am pretty sure that supplying weapons to Turkey is not a mainstay of Britain's manufacturing base and there is no evidence that Turkey is about to attack its fellow NATO member in Greece. But I was not sure that countering untruths with facts was working so I told the chap "I have a house in Greece, I live there, Britain is not going to arm an invasion."
By this time we were almost at passport control and the queue was bunching up. The woman snapped "We don't want you in Greece, we want you to get out." She did not quite say "Go back where you came from" but she had more or less said it. I could not resist.
"Racist!" I shouted. "You are a racist". I repeated this several times loudly enough for all the folks around us to hear. The boyfriend tried to butt in "what she said was not racist it was xenophobic." I think that he might technically be accurate but we virtue signallers do not care about minor details. I was on a roll. I shouted "you are a racist" at her and, as I very loudly said the words "hate crime," I turned my back, visibly shaking my head. She went quiet.
By this time the fuzz at the UK border were just yards away. I did think about reporting the poor bubble for hate crime there and then. London's Mayor says we must report all incidents and since I had been offended by her comments this was clearly a hate crime as defined in Orwellian 2017 Airstrip One. But I was in a rush to head off to see my father so I contented myself with turning round a couple of times and staring at her shaking my head and engaging in a spot more virtue signalling.
I told the Mrs that I had been a victim of hate crime at Gatwick Airport. She seemed unconvinced. Guardianistas like the Mrs think that straight, white, affluent, able bodied, middle aged men cannot be a victim of hate crime. She does not understand. If I was thirty years younger I would go light a candle and add a twibbon to my twitter account as I tweet to myself and I rush to a counsellor who will help me cope with this most traumatic of incidents.
The key point here as a virtue signaller is to point out that this story is all about me and that I am a real victim. Now, where do I get a counsellor?
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The drunken career politician and all round poltroon Jean-Claude Juncker, aka the President of the Evil Empire, is the source of a leak of a meeting he had with PM Theresa May. He aims to embarrass her - in fact his leak, and the ludicrous demands made by EU leaders for pre-divorce Brexit negotiations, are Mrs's May's best presents since Jeremy Corbyn was re-elected as leader of the Labour Party.
The EU's demands are rather like the nightmarish demands one fears when entering a divorce court with a greedy ex wife. She wants to have a say in managing the cat you brought into the marriage (Gibraltar) and vast sums to pay for things for her from which you will derive no benefit. Until you agree to that there is no chance of discussing matters such as access to the kids. The demands of the EU are obviously unreasonable and the British people know that.
Now the drunk Juncker says that Mrs May is deluded and must agree to all his demands. Au contraire. The UK has the whip hand. We import more from the Evil Emppire than we export to it. If the politicians of the EU go ahead and start a tariff based trade war the big losers will be their own people. Jack up the price of French, Spanish and Italian wines entering Britain and Brits will happily switch to the fine produce of New Zealnd, Chile, the US and South Africa, not to mention our own superb wines. So French cheese costs more? Fine. I'm happy with Somerset Brie aren't you?
The people of Europe will be the big losers from such a trade war and that will make them hate the EU political class with even more intensity for the people of Europe as opposed to its corrupt political class, see no need to punish the Brits for Brexit.
Moreover the EU is an economic zombie - the big growth markets for UK exporters lie elsewhere. Ultimately the EU leaders know that and so if Mrs May's red line is that "no deal is better than a bad deal" it is they not her who will be forced to compromise in the end. It may take years for the message to sink in but it will.
Every time the EU behaves like that greedy ex wife the British people will hate it more and will be more likely to vote Tory on June 8. That the oafish drunk Juncker thinks that his silly smears strengthen his hand is just another sign of how out of touch he is.
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The penultimate day in Sweden saw the Mrs and I drive out to vist another friend of hers in the countryside around Gothenburg. Within minutes of arriving our host was explaining why she and her family had decided not to go on holiday to America this year. "For all the reasons am sure you understand we decided not to go after November." I bit my lip. She then said that they were thinking of going to France instead.
I couldn't resist. So what happens if Marine Le Pen wins? I asked. She said they had thought about that and if Marine triumphs it is clear that the family may have to stay in the happy multi cultural, crime ridden welfare paradise that is Sweden. Again I bit my lip and nodded to show understanding. I really was quite amazed about how well I behaved as our host went on to say that her brother was in fact a resident of the USA having become a naturalised yank and brought up two boys who were also US citizens. Amazingly The Donald has not incarcerated them as aliens. Yet.
The conversation ebbed and flowed and eventually moved onto my favourite subject, snakes. It appears that her place suffers regular adder invasions in the summer. The adder is apparently an endangered species in Sweden and so it is illegal to kill the little darlings and so our host's husband catches them puts them in a bucket and takes them away for release in a safe space. Hell's teeth! If there is a law that is meant for breaking it is that one.
Would anyone really lament the eradication of the adder in Sweden? If they did the State could always piss away even more borrowed cash on reintroducing the little dears. But once again I bit my lip and nodded as a keen supporter of biodiversity. That was the end of the good behaviour from me.
In the evening we returned to our island where at last its only restaurant was finally open. I guess it was the stress of a day of biting my lip or perhaps it was the fact that the next day the Mrs was heading back to the UK with Joshua while I head off to Greece. And so a couple of glasses of wine and a couple of pieces of bread found their way to me. I dared not test my bloods last night but this morning they came in at 10.3 which was surprisingly low. I guess all the walking of the previous day had done some good. I was only 0.4 up on the prior day.
Okay 10.3 is nowhere near my target of 5 but it is way down on my start point of 15.3. And now I have weeks and weeks free from lfty sociologists to wind me up with inane comments out Trump, Brexit, poor little vipers and worshipping the Money Tree. it is off to greece for a diet of salads, no ouzo, and lots of manual labour at the Greek Hovel. Just watch those sugars drop as I tackle type 2 diabetes head on.!
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In 1975 it was my paternal grandfather Sir John Winnifrith who went into battle against the EU, or the Common Market as it then was. His view of those who wanted a European superstate had not really changed from his time spent thirty years earlier in Churchill's war rooms although his main objection, as a Bennite, was that the EEC would screw the working classes. It did.
Grandpa remained a Eurosceptic until his final days. In the next generation the baton passed to my mother's side with her brother Christopher Booker. In 1975 he voted the wrong way but he saw the light and for years has now been writing about the evils of what is an evil empire.
Although my father lost the plot on this one, moving the other way to Uncle Chris between 1975 and the glorious 23rd June 2016, those who have read my writings over many years, will know that I am a true blooded Eurosceptic. And thus, as I prepare to do my first ever stage act with Uncle Chris tonight, we might perhaps celebrate the fact that today 40 years of family woe is finally put to bed with Article 50 being triggered. Brexit is, at last, under way.
I have not doubted the wisdom of leaving the EU for a second. Watching the rambling and demented Tory remoaner Anna Soubry MP on Newsnight last night, I am reaffirmed in my beliefs once again. Is there a sillier woman in Westminster? Her pain today is my joy. After a 40 year fight, we consider the words of the sharpest ever woman at Westminster: "Rejoice, Rejoice"
786 days ago
The BBC's flagship News programme Newsnight is staffed by the grossly overpaid liberal elite who care about the sort of issues we in the 99% don't give a stuff about and who show an open hostility to Brexit. Impartiality is not the name of the game here. Last night's main feature was on that silly woman who claimed to be a black rights campaigner before - after many years on the liberal civil rights gravy train - she was outed as being er...`100% white.
All that time banging on about how being black had left her victimised and oppressed started to ring a bit hollow. At that point, she claimed that she "identified" as being black. Anyhow she has now got a big wonga book deal so maybe that will go some way to make up for all the hurt she was caused by slavery.
Then it was onto the thrice weekly Brexit bash with a report on farming. Naturally most of the farmers interviewed were those operating the sort of economically unviable farm in places such as the Lake District or Exmoor which cannot exist without mass subsidy. The government has said that it will replace the handouts with UK handouts until 2020 at least. Remember that as we send a NET £350 million a week to the Evil Empire those EU handouts are actually our taxes in the first place.
Natch these folks are worried that the meal ticket for life may be threatened so farmers - Newsnight opined - are demanding many things out of Brexit. Farmers in the Lakes, miners, banksters all demand that profitable industries and those working in them pay more in tax to subsidise unprofitable industries. The blessed Maggie was right about the mines, Brown was wrong about the banks - for capitalism to work, subsidies for unviable enterprises must go. Only one chap at the end was given far too short a time to explain that.
The landscape of the Lakes is an artificial one created by farming. But if the farms are unviable why not let it return to its natural state and let 31 million taxpayers keep a bit more of the money they earn without their employer needing subsidy?
The bias of the reporter was made clear with her throwaway remark about "many a myth" about EU regulations banning bent bananas and other matters. That is a standard line of the pro EU forces: we wicked Brexiteers make up all these myths. And so the BBC reports that charge as fact as part of its fake news service.
In fact the EU did ban bent bananas in the early naughties. In the end the ban was overturned but that the Evil Empire felt that EC Commission Regulation No 2257/94, which stated that bananas must be "free of abnormal curvature" and at least 14 cm in length was a good idea in the first place is worthy of note. Yet the BBC on a regular basis insists that this is all a myth dreamt up by lunatics like Chris Booker and Richard Littlejohn. And so to report bent banana banning as a myth is just common or garden fake news.
And it is fake news from an organisation which is able to pay its staff mouthwatering sums not because it is economically viable but because of a vast taxpayer subsidy. Does that sound familiar in any way?
788 days ago
The photo below says it all. A bunch of middle class folks who will all be in the top decile of earners (if not higher) sit together drinking cheeky little reds in a multi million pound house in Islington preparing to march with their fellow Guardian reading elitists who "know so much better than the plebs"against Brexit and making some home made placards. They are from the group Islington IN Europe whose self important democracy denying and patronisng rantings I have covered previously HERE. The best placard?
From the folks who were among the 48% not the 52% a demand for "democracy not hypocrisy." In second place is "I am not leaving." Hmmmmmmm bad news for the silly witch holding that: "darling I am afraid that the votes of all those nasty old working class folks and white van drivers who voted to quit count for exactly the same those of as pampered Islington Guardian readers - in two years time we are ALL leaving."
It is called democracy and some folks should just accept that a democratic mandate trumps a tyranny of the minority any day.
788 days ago
Gina Miller, Nick Clegg, Tony the war criminal Blair, Michael "Brexiteers are Nazis " Heseltine. Apparently it is that they are silent. You might have thought that the BBC and C4 gave these folks every opportunity to yak on about what a disaster Brexit will be, but oh no, as the tweet below shows.
The poster is an academic who is marching through London today to speak up for the "silent majority" in opposing Brexit. Hmmmm. Gina silent? As for "majority," presumably at Middlesex University the teachers do not need to be able to count past 48? Remind me again of how we actually voted on June 23 2016?
Apparently this tweeter is a professor at Middlesex University and is a philosopher. Does that include logic? Once again I worry for the impressionable young folks whose minds are being filled with junk taught by people as deluded as this creature.
789 days ago
794 days ago
The BBC started its Ten O'Clock News with its reporters and presenters visiibily delighting in the FBI stating that it was investigating allegations of links between members of the Trump Campaign team and the Russians. But why stick to facts on a day like this? it was time for some classic fake news from Pravda's gimp in Washington, Jon Sopel.
He asserted that these new "facts" about team Trump were sending shockwaves across Washington. A fact is something that has happened. There were no new facts revealed yesterday at all just the FBI saying it was investigating allegations, largely made by the liberal media. But when it comes to bashing POTUS, little Sopel always operates in a post fact era.
Then it was onto Brexit where the BBC revels in its unbalanced approach. Supporters of leaving were seen popping champagne corks. Yes what fascist toffs they are. And then a Labour shadow minister Kier Starmar was interviewed. He is a remoaner. So for balance they interviewed one more MP. Some SNP Loon. A Remoaner. Yup real balance from taxpayer funded Pravda once more.
796 days ago
798 days ago
I like to boast that I spend fewer than five day a year in London so much do I loathe the place. But as, bad, luck would have it I am drawn to the capital today on personal business. And thus when my soon to be 16 year old daughter, known as Olaf, called to ask if I was free to attend her parents evening - which happens to be tonight - I was able to say yes.
Olaf's mother, Big Nose, is ,it seems, away on business and thus someone else has to go along to be told how clever and charming our daughter - who has just won a 6th form scholarship, is. With her father's brains and her father's charm clearly dominating the genes of Big Nose, how could there possibly be any other outcome? And for the avoidance of doubt Olaf does not have a Big Nose either.
This will be my first parents evening for 13 years and I am sure it will be fun. But then the calls came in. you will be clean and smart won't you? You will have a bath? FFS this is ridiculous. I realise that all the other Daddies at this posh Girls school in North London (Big Nose pays the fees) are investment bankers and City lawyers who are - like Romans of old - washed down thrice daily in lavendar water by East European slaves, or EU migrant workers as they are called today. I cannot compete with that.
But I was able to reassure a panicked daughter late last night: I have shaved ( now twice in 18 hours), showered ( twice in 12 hours) had my hair cut, bought new black jeans and am wearing a new FabIndia shirt and a coat that is just a few months old. I will polish my boots and buy new smart laces when I arrive at Paddington shortly. Okay I won't look like an investment banker but this is as smart as I get.
And just for Olaf's sake I will try my hardest not to offend liberal elitist sensibilities in Hampstead later with any wisecracks about what a good fellow Donald Trump is, the joys of Brexit or how great it is that folks like Mrs May and Madame Le Pen are breaking glass ceilings everywhere these days.
799 days ago
You may remember that the leaders of the EU, backed by that imbecile Dave Cameron, agreed to give President Erdogan's Turkey $6 billion if it promised to stop migrants flooding to Europe. Forget that Erdogan gags and shuts down a free press, fires teachers who do not support his crackpot ideas, discriminates against gays, has offered overt support to Islamofascists in Syria, bombed Kurdish civilians and does all sorts of other things we are not so keen on, the EU thought it had secured a cracking deal.
But President Erdogan whose behaviour has led some to brand him a bit of a fascist, has decided that Europeans, notably the uber liberal Dutch, are bad folks. Indeed he has compared the Dutch to the Nazis. Pots, kettles, etc.
And to punish the wicked Dutch he has announced that having trousered half of the $6 billion bribe for stopping migrants heading to Europe, the deal is off and the floodgates will be reopened. This will happen just in time for the Dutch elections and just a few weeks before the French go to the polls. One imagines that anti migrant populists Gert Wilders and Marine Le Pen will be thinking that all their Christmases have arrived at once. For those of us who would rather that Le Pen and Wilders did not win, the collapse of the EU's pathetic attempt to bribe an obvious lunatic with taxpayers hard earned cash is predictable, but less than welcome.
Here in Britain perhaps it is a cue to speed up the Brexit process and leave the EU to deal with President Erdogan all by itself. However, before we go, perhaps we should also to make it clear to the 2 million folks preparing to leave Turkey that Scotland is very keen to play its part in Europe and as such would welcome every single last one of them with open arms.
If I was a migrant and given the choice of living in squalid slums in a second world country heading for bankruptcy or staying in Turkey, I'd probably reject Scotland's invitation but at least it should be made.
800 days ago
In the leafy London Borough of Islington where smug Guardian readers live in £3 million houses they voted overwhelmingly against Brexit. Of course they did, The pious liberal elite know that only thick, old, white racist white van driving working class types wanted to leave. But the battle goes on lead by a group Islington in EU which holds regular events including one with the odious Gina Miller as you can see below. Its website is a stormer, beyond satire, with a star exhibit a poem which displays the prejudices but also the sheer ignorance of these folk perfectly. The key four lines are underlined by me:
A poem: You're a citizen of nowhere, by Salena Gonnen
We did not vote for Mrs May
This harsh and xenophobic way
Black ice eyes, jaw clenched tight
Flying flags for the far right
All 'them' and 'us' and 'there' and 'here'
Here is May: Hate, spite and fear
Cruel winds do shake the darling fists of May
No tolerance or kindness on display
If you're a citizen of the world, you're a citizen of nowhere
Citizen of don't care, citizen of no welfare
Socrates spits on Number Ten
Drowned babies on Greek shores again
And there is May with her fat share
All 'us' and 'them' and 'here' and 'there'
Today it was decreed across the land
We make a list of names of foreign hand
Name and shame each foreigner in our midst
Just a bit like... Schindlers List
Separate rich and poor, black and white
Shaking hands with the far right
It's 'them' and 'us' and 'there' and 'here'
And words like 'foreign' loud and clear
Socrates spits at number ten
We are ALL citizens of the world. Amen
And citizens of the world we'll remain
We're star dust, salt and sand grain
We did not vote for Mrs May
They slipped her in to save their day
So disappointing that she chooses
The side of fear that always loses
Black ice eyes, her heart stone grey
We did not vote for Mrs May
We did not vote for Mrs May
We did not vote for you, Mrs May
You get the gist. Mrs May = far right = Nazi = Brexit = dead babies. As I have noted before, if you go around calling all sorts of folks Nazis and linking them to the holocaust you diminish the sheer horror of the actual holocaust and the unique evil of the Nazis. This poem is an insult to 6 million dead Jews and is utterly offensive as a result. But it is worse. It is dumb.
The link to Schindler's List is meant to make you compare Amber Rudd's daft idea of registering foreign workers to the Nazis. Miss Rudd's idea was daft, unworkable and morally repugnant but it was not really like the Nazis was it? Have the folks watched footage of the liberation of Dachau recently as they compare Ms Rudd's plans to those of Her Hittler?
But there is another matter the folks at Islington in EU appear to have overlooked.Oskar Schindler was one of the good guys. I've been to his grave in Jerusalem. His list was of folks who, thanks to his bravery, got saved from the Nazis.
But heck who cares about such minor detail? We all know that those who voted to stay are the smart intellectuals who care and offend no-one and we who voted to leave are just plain thick and the sort who offend everyone. We plebs should just shut up and do as our Islington dwelling betters order.
805 days ago
805 days ago
A twitter spat to start the day with Hugo Rifkind a journalist who is a journalist because of who his pop is (Malcolm) not because of any great ability. Or in fact any ability at all. Mr Rifkind spews out inane tweets in the same way as my morbidly obese three legged cat Oakley pisses on the doorstep. He does so constantly and the world is none the wiser as a result. Among this morning's bon mots was:
Maybe right-wing columnists who worry there aren't enough right-wing academics should ask themselves why they are columnists, not academics.
This is prompted by a recent survey showing that academics are far more lefty wing than folks of similar intelligence in the population as a whole. But in making his silly suggestion which could only come from someone living inside that privileged London media and political bubble one wonders does Mr Rifkind have any experience of life in academia?
So I retweeted with the suggestion "because if you are anything other than left wing on a liberal arts campus your career is dead in the water".
What followed was Rifkind demanding to know if I had any experience of this. Yes I do my father was and my wife is an academic. Rifkind demanded that I name them so landing my poor Mrs in the soup. A man with an IQ of more than 25 could discover my father . Try typing Winnifrith University into google and you will see where he was. But then Rifkind did not get his job for being especially smart did he?
Because I fail to land my Mrs in the soup. Rifkind said he does not believe me. Like I really care. Little Hugo not believing what I say does not make it any more or less valid. I could not resist asking him what job he would be doing now had his pop been a roadsweeper? He has not answered that.
Meanwhile, eight months after the referendum my wife has yet to dare admit to her colleagues that she voted for Brexit. Still on facebook, her pals, all lefty academics rant on about how anyone who voted to leave the EU is thick, racist and did not understand the issues. Very wisely, when I gave a lecture to her students on capitalism, she stressed that my views were her own and that she disagreed completely. Institutions which no platform even folks like Germaine Greer and the great Peter Tatchell these days because they have expressed a thought crime on transgender issues are beacons of intolerance.
In my wife's field, sociology, there are just no Tories. But then when Marx is on the core curriculum not as a thesis proven almost entirely wrong by events since the publication of the Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital, but as a valid scientific theory, is that a surprise? To advance her career the Mrs must get articles published in scholarly periodicals read by almost nobody. To get your article in the editorial board must review it and approve it. And that board is made up of existing sociology lecturers of whom none are Tories. Try getting an article in suggesting capitalism rocks? Good luck.
Unlike priviliged Hugo, I have been to events in academia such as the launch of the last book the Mrs contributed to - which was in a way sheer comedy as I noted at the time. On a day when the 100 or so folks in the room should have been filling the heads of impressionable young folks with ideas about the evils of capitalism, they gathered to discuss the book. But by mid afternoon they went off the stated agenda to have a long session - and remember they are being paid by the taxpayer as they yakked away - on how they could bring down the wicked Tories. In such an environment no right winger can even breathe let alone hope for a flourishing career.
Such is life in the real world Hugo. Why not feck off back to your Westminster bubble, say hi to pop, and carry on being a pompous arse opining on matters of which you know nothing.
811 days ago
The panel on BBC Question time were, with the exception of Peter Hitchens, who was predictably superb, truly dire. A daft lefty celeb, a truly thick labour MP - wasn't this a repeat? But it was the audience that never ceases to amaze me. How does the BBC manage to find a crowd week in week out which views the world so differently from the population as a whole. Last night's episode was a classic. Describing someone born outside the UK with a non British passport as a foreigner got one hissed and booed. That is a fact FFS. The highlight was an obviously middle class Guardian reader flagging up the real danger of Brexit: English people refuse to work in Cafe Nero so who will serve her a morning frothy semi skimmed organic Fair Trade latte? . I kid you not. At every level this sums up the insanity and lies of the remoaners, a matter I cover in this podcast.
824 days ago
824 days ago
Tony Blair has weighed into the Brexit debate with a speech that has demonstrated why, with the possible exception of Mr Rolf Harris, he has an unrivalled ability to unite the nation. We all despise him and indeed his whole wretched family. In today's postcard look at into why this is and what the old war criminal actually said why that is just so utterly wrong and indeed nauseating, at every level. Warning: this audio contains mention of Mr Blair having sex with the Wicked Witch, a thought some listeners may find disturbing.
825 days ago
The highlight of the week was Donald Trump sticking it to the BBC's North America correspondent Jon Sopel who - as you can see here - spluttered that the BBC was "impartial free and fair." I guess that would be fake news then because it is patently not any of the above. Let's start with free.
I have to pay a TV license, a poll tax, irrespective of my income and that cash goes to the BBC to pay the, hugely inflated, wages of preening liberal poltroons like Sopel. If I do not pay, even if I elect NEVER to watch the BBC, I am threatened with jail. To describe the BBC's service as free is thus a lie.
As for fair and impartial, that is even more of a monstrous lie. On every great issue of the past year the BBC has a partisan stance. There is no debate on global warming or climate change or whatever it is called these days - it is a given. All the economic good news in the UK since June 23 has been reported as "Despite Brexit" and ahead og June 23 the Beeb went out of its way to report as fact the laughable claims made by Remainers such as Carney and Osborbe warning of economic doom if we voted to quit the EU.
As for its coverage of the Trump campaign there were so many low points of bias and fale news that it is hard to pick out one crowning moment where the BBC showed it was neither fair or impartial. But my favourite remains a Newsnight with Emily Maitlis where she seized on two polls in tiny states which showed that Trump was not only going to lose rock solid GOP states (Alaska and Utah) but that mean he was such a liability that he'd ensure the Dems swept the House and Senate too. Emily thus suggested that the GOP had to think about dumping Trump. That was the BBC line in October as the liberal media tried to derail the Trump campaign. If course it was utter bollocks at the time as I demonstrated HERE
This was one of many times that the BBC showed itself to be neither impartial or fair. It is an organisation staffed by very well paid members of the liberal elite pushing a clear agenda. The tosser Sopel is part of that elite.
His statement yesterday is patently untrue and as the BBC aired it surely it classified as 100% fake news.
826 days ago
I do not normally pay much attention to what folks on neighbouring tables say when watching the world go by in the Kourounis taverna in Kambos, the village closest to the Greek Hovel where I hope to spend most of the rest of my life. I just tap away at my keyboard or think about olives. But today I exploded as a fat and smug German explained to a couple of timorous Brits why hard Brexit would screw England and thus why we should "obey orders" and fall into line with what Germany, sorry the EU, wanted. I exploded.
Seventy years ago folks like him were shooting villagers around here, raping the women and setting fire to the houses. They too were just doing what Germany ordered. They too just thought that there was no other way to behave and that it was all part of creating a united Europe under German leadership. This guy had already opined on all the good stuff the EU had done for Greece to make it the happy place it is today and then he started on Brexit.
If we have a hard Brexit, this man said that the first thing that would happen would be that Scotland would vote for independence and that would really mess up England. Already riled by his comments about Greece I turned round and said " Since the Act of Union in only one year has Scotland subsidised England not the other way round. Do you not know that 88% of Scots are net takers from the State - if the welfare junkies wish to leave England good riddance. Maybe Germany can pay their benefits?"
There was a bit of a stoney silence before the Kraut started blathering on about how Germany was putting Trump in his place, etc, etc ,etc. On every issue he stated opinion as fact. He was always right. Smug bastard.
My friend George the Architect, who was sitting opposite me, was a little surprised as - even when dealing with delay after delay on our planning permit - he had not seen me this angry. But like most Greeks he is not wild about the krauts either and this man's comments on Greece had not impressed him much.
On my first night in Kambos I was struck by how much the folks there still loathe the Germans with a passion. Sure they can be polite to tourists even like this pig. Money is money. But deep down they cannot forgive and the hatred still burns with a real intensity. Back in the UK, the liberal elite tell us that we must be good Europeans and not mention the war and when it comes to crazy EU diktats we must just be "Good Germans".
On days like this I feel that I fit in far better in Kambos than back in Britain.
831 days ago
832 days ago
My father's oldest Greek friend Mike the Vlach was due back at three. This being Greece he was bound to be late and so his wife Alega insisted I hang on as the day dragged on. Heck I had travelled by bus for nine hours to get to Metsovo and then walked for an hour and a half to get to Anelion to see Mike, I was not leaving. I could not explain this but I sat there drinking coffee and enjoying a lunch of lamb, rice and a lump of feta, I was going nowhere.
Finally a taxi drew up and out stumbled Mike. He looked shocked for he had somehow got the impression that it was Tom Winnifrith my father who had arrived. Soon he realised it was micro Tom not Megalo Tom and warm embraces and kisses on both cheeks followed. We started to try to talk in German but it was soon clear that Mike's German learned as a 1970's Gastarbeiten was almost as bad as mine, learned in one year with Frau Freeman at Warwick School in 1981. And so I started to use google translate to search for German words. And then it hit me! Why not use the evil google just to translate straight to Greek?
Bingo. Mike asked a question in German and I was now serving up a written answer in Greek! With my steps included my father has 17 grandchildren, Mike was sad he has just two. My wife is younger than me ( by seven years). As a man who was 30 when he married Alega at 16, Mike approves of younger wives and made a sign like a sweet fruit. I am not sure my lefty Mrs would have approved of that. I told him of the sons of my sisters T and N, some kraut politician appeared on the TV and Mike agreed that Greece should follow our lead on Brexit. Mike has always been a right winger. Anelion was a Royalist not a Communist village in the civil war and so even when it was cripplingly poor it turned out solidly for New Democracy, the party of the right.
Mike spoke to my father, with pateras mu replying in Greek, Vlach and German
I mentioned Mike's sister who used to own a taverna at the heart of Anelion. And Alega took me to see her. And she too spoke to my father and there were more smiles and laughing.
Mike was keen that I stay for whiskey, food and that I sleep in Anelion. But I explained, thanks to evil Google, about the hovel and how I must leave early Saturday to travel the length of Greece to Kalamata. And so I left, by taxi, as it was by now very dark. I promised to come back with the Mrs and Joshua in the summer and then more hugs and kisses and all round happinness and I was off. Mission accomplished.
832 days ago
The kind owners of the Azteri hotel here in Metsovo switched the TV onto the BBC World News channel to please me. Since neither speak English it must have been all Greek to them, to me it was just the usual Trump hatefest. I listened carefully as I was told repeatedly how much folks in Europe and in Britain all disliked poor Donald Trump. I am sure that among the liberal media elite, the overpaid privileged bien pensants who serve up garbage on the BBC that is correct. But what of the ordinary folks of Europe?
I found myself listening to a Radio 4 programme the other day in which liberal arts elitists in the most pro remain ward in the UK, in Cambridge, were asked what they thought of Brexit voters - the gist of the programme was that what you voted on June 23 was down to how well educated you were. One posh sounding chap said it was not down to education it was down to racism. The BBC asked "so were 17 million people really all racists?" The chap kindly replied "not all of them". Others disagreed it was down to intelligence,we Brexit voters voted that way because we are thick, certainly not bright enough to understand so complex an issue.
Of course the BBC also thinks that Trump voters in the US are largely thick and/or racist. Europe being so much better than the USA, the BBC would have us believe that no-one here likes Trump.
Of course they are wrong. Many of the tens of millions who this year will back Wilders or Le Pen or indeed backed lefty Alex Tsipras here in Greece before realising what a treacherous little snake he was, would also back Trump. They do so because their loathing of the EU elites, those the BBC adore, is so intense.
For the BBC populism means only bad things. For the ordinary folks in Europe it means sweeping away corrupt and out of touch politicians who despise the views of the plebs and do not hide it, who ultimately support only a warped version of democracy. The tide it is a turning. The imagery on this Greek front page is oh so apt.
845 days ago
The tweet below from Nick Robinson should annoy you. The antics of silly Laura Kuenssberg in Washington yesterday should appall you. The wages of Gary Lineker, Graham Norton and Fiona Bruce are nauseating and via the license fee poll tax we, the great unwashed, are paying to make these multi millionaires even richer as they treat our views with scorn and contempt. The fake news pumped out by Emily Maitlis on Donald Trump was a disgrace while her open disdain for his poorer less educated supporters was shocking and failed to give British viewers a balanced impression of what was going on. The Brexit coverage of the BBC was and is shamefully partisan. The only answer is the privitization of the BBC as I explain in this podcast
848 days ago
On the steps of the Supreme Court yesterday Brexit opposing Gina Miller gushed about how she had shown that we the citizenry can hold Government to account by using the courts. Really Gina? How much was your bill with top law firm Mishcon de Reya?
The reality is that about 0.5% of the population (including Gina and her oafish husband, the fund manager Alan) can afford to write a cheque for half a million quid and really not panic even if they lose. So what Gina really means is:
"A few members of the financial elite can afford to challenge in the Courts the way that other members of the establishment interpret the law - 99.5% of us just have to lump it and sod off".
Off course most of those 99.5% voted in the EU referendum a different way to Mrs Miller and her rich chums. But since they do not have enough money to "play the game" their views do not count anyway. Down at Animal Farm Mrs Miller was again addressing the people via a sycophantic BBC interview:
"Do not imagine, comrades, that leadership is a pleasure. On the contrary, it is a deep and heavy responsibility. No one believes more firmly than Comrade Napoleon that all animals are equal. He would be only too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be?"
And please remember when it comes to using the Courts to combat the Government:
"All Animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."
849 days ago
Eleven rich and privileged members of the establishment, that is to say the Supreme Court, today backed a millionaire bankster, Gina Miller, in delaying what the British people voted for in our largest ever exercise in democracy. I voted for Brexit but still regard this as great news.
More privileged members of the elite, that is to say MPs who are amongst the highest 3% of earners in Britain, will now have to approve a bill to allow Britain to trigger article 50. They will clearly do just that, in many cases to avoid an electoral backlash rather than out of principle. But some members of the elite will drag their heels, display unbearable pomposity and delay the process for as long as they can.
The British people were offered a clear choice on June 23 2016. Do we wish to stay in the EU or not. We voted to leave. We the great unwashed voted heavily to leave. The establishment, the rich liberal metropolitan elites that dominate the media and the law were dismayed and have been remoaning ever since.
So the process is delayed by a few months. Some of us have been waiting 41 years for this and so we can wait that little bit longer. Meanwhile the unedifying spectacle of the establishment and the elites showing open contempt for those less fortunate in life and for democracy will just heighten the growing sense of anger that so many folks feel about the way British society is heading. Let's us see how that anger plays out.
853 days ago
My wife draws my attention to the Facebook page of Bristol Against Trump which one of her mad left wing public sector working pals supports. BAT is holding a demo against the democratically elected leader of the USA at 5 PM today. Who is going to tell these fucktards that as of 1776 they stopped having any say in how the USA was governed and by whom?
Of course that does not matter. When Mr Trump opines that Brexit is good news for Britain, these same people post on facebook that it is none of his business. But apparently we are all obliged to assemble at 5 PM because who runs the US really is our business.
That is not because the BATty ones are especially worried about US foreign policy. The facebook page makes it clear the four main reasons that Donald Trump is a bad man are in order. "No to racism, no to sexism, no to LGBT hate and no to war."
So what if the outgoing President is the only man to serve two terms with US troops in action for every single day of his office? So what if Trump wants to pull US troops out of foreign lands while as Secretary of State Clinton was the big interventionist. UK lefties do not understand that isolationism means less war for America. Somehow they think that a President who wishes to get along with Russia threatens world peace. Whatever...
And can those demonstrating please explain what in Trump's past as a New York liberal or his platform equates to LGBT hate? No they can not. Or why replacing a President who has seen a record widening of the earnings gap between black and white with one who by bringing jobs back to America will narrow it, is such a disaster? No they can not.
This is a post facts demonstration by folks who simply regard their value set as innately superior to one that might be described as populist. The BATties are almost certainly also Remoaners. Ultimately they just cant' handle democracy, the idea that folks outside the comfortable middle classes might dare to disagree with them.
Anyhow, things have moved on since 1776 and come 5 PM I shall be sitting in front of the TV, wearing my Hillary for Prison T-shirt, and celebrating the choice that America made without taking orders from folks here in the Old World.
853 days ago
The Democracy hating Lib Dem MP Alistair Carmichael opined on last night's Question Time that the Tories wanted to make the UK outside of the EU a low tax low regulation "Singapore without the sun". As the fat oaf sat back smugly smiling at his own wit, the lefties in the audience lapped it up and applauded his pithy vision. But has this poltroon actually done a fact check or does he assume that folks out in Asia must be poorer than we whities here in Europe?
In 1960 the GDP per head in Singapore was $3,855.08 and in the UK was $13,868.61. Since then the poor oppressed folks of Singapore have had to suffer a low tax, low regulation environment while we in the UK have paid far more in taxes and allowed Nanny State (and the EU) to impose ever more regulations to make us all happier. GDP per head in 2015 was $55,182.48 in Singapore and $41,887.68 in the UK.
So folks in Singapore are far better off and their economy is growing far more rapidly than ours so the gap is widening. NJow exactly why do Mr Carmichael and his colleagues think that folks getting ever richer is such a bad thing. If what the pro Brexit Tory party threatens with is rapidly growing prosperity and one of the most dynamic economies in the World, I reckon most of us would not complain too much would we?
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Among the dozens of Christmas cards that my father has hanging across the beams and above the aga and on the mantlepiece here in Shipston ,is the one pictured below from The Guardian. It thanks him for being a loyal reader in 2016 as he has the BBC's sister publication delivered every day.
My father, being a man of faith, takes a dim view of cards that fail to reflect the story of the nativity on the front cover. A robin scores less highly than a picture of the three kings. But at least the two robin cards I have counted mention the C word inside. The Guardian, natch, avoids that altogether, sticking to Festive Greetings. Yes but what Festival you godless fucking liberals? Come on you can use the C word if you try. But they won't as that would be some sort of "ist"
And so, although the Guardian's card hangs next to the aga, my father is cross. He also notes that almost every articlein the loathsome paper, refers to Brexit and, though he voted the wrong way, he at least has moved on. Then there is George Michael. My father had vaguely heard of Saint George but having seen the Guardian devote six pages to the man, decided he did not want to know any more. The picture of Saint George in a crucifixation pose on the front page was perhaps a little too close to the bone at this time of year. Owen Jones's eulogy to George as a champion of cottaging really pushed my father too far.
Indeed, there have been more and more complaints in recent weeks about the self righteous rubbish that the Guardian publishes. A lifelong sinner repenteth, we should rejoice as there are plans to switch to The Times in the New Year. That is one more nail in the coffin of the heavily loss making rag.
But what about Cyril? Cyril is the rabbit of my incredibly earnest sister N - the one who gave her even more earnest husband membership of the Labour Party as a Christmas present. N has been using Dad's used Guardians to line Cyril's hutch. Will she tolerate Cyril sitting on top of a Murdoch owned paper? Such are the appalling dilemnas that deluded lefties must face in 2017.
As for Cyril he has my admiration as the one being in the UK who has successfuly shat on Polly Toynbee & Owen Jones for a whole year. Nice One Cyril, nice one son.
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Today is the annual Christmas party held by the Mrs for her mad lefty friends, a Godless bunch who regard Christmas as having nothing to do with Christ. The normal score is that I do the cooking then, to avoid being emboldened by a few glasses of wine into pointing out that whatever they are saying is patent nonsense, I feign illness and go to bed. Let them believe that the world is getting hotter and the polar bears are all drowning and that all those who voted for Brexit are racists and that Donald Trump is the new Hitler and that the money tree exists. It's Christmas I'm not going to argue.
Anyhow, to prepare for this I put up the Christmas tree and decorated it with trinkets picked up around the world , a memory of places I have been. Ad thus there are decorations from: India, Israel, England, Wales, Greece, Dubai, the Isle of Man ( can you spot that one?) Canada, the USA, France and Ecuador (the Galapagos).
There is a special first Christmas for Joshua trinket someone sent and on top, to embarrass my daughter who turns 16 in 2017, is an Angel she created in paper aged 5. It has survived and, I hope always will.
PS. The poster behnd does indeed say Palestine. It belongs to the Mrs and though I find it enormously offensive we Zionists believe in free speech so whatever...
902 days ago
The Tory MEP is on cracking form as he takes apart the millennial snowflakes protesting against Donald Trump, Brexit, etc. Spare two minutes of your life and watch it. It is superb stuff.
905 days ago
I landed at the airport at one in the morning and was aware that the bus from the Athens coach station to Kalamata did not leave until 6.30 AM. And I remembered that the bus station was cold and among the grottiest places in town. And thus I settled in a comfortable arm chair in a coffee shop at the airport, got online and produced three articles and started to feel quite productive. But then share blogger Paul Scott started tweeting me.
Pretty soon he was blathering on about mosquitos in Greece and for some reason that goaded me into leaving the nice warm airport and heading out into the cold night. It is about 5 above zero right now. A quick taxi ride saw me at the coach station which was even more grotty than I remembered. All its shops and the ticket office were locked up and on some of the benches slept members of the homeless community. In a few places some rather dodgy looking men gathered. It was bloody cold. I pulled my hoodie tight over my head but it made little difference.
I guess I remembered it from last summer when - even at 4 AM - it was quite warm. I had forgotten how bloody cold this place was this time last year. Remind me in twelve months time that Athens bus station is fecking freezing and not a place to spend any part of the night.
After a while I moved to a set of chairs where a little old lady sat chatting to two men in their forties. The presence of the little old lady was reassuring. Pretty soon we were talking. A Cypriot who had lived in London for 53 years she spoke great English and was very keen to lert me know that she was a strong supporter of Brexit. We chatted away until just after 5 AM, 3 AM your time, when the ticket office finally opened.
Hooray. Warmth. I have now defrosted and, as a bonus, the bus station has finally moved into the 21st century and got wifi. Perfect.
At this rate I shall be in Kalamata trying to get into a hotel by 9.30 and up visiting the Greek Hovel this afternoon. But for now, I just want it on record that if I go down with pneumonia it is all the fault of Paul Scott.
913 days ago
German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble has always been a bit of a bastard. Screwing Greece and causing misery across the Hellenic Republic was the high point of his career. Now he wants to go one step better and screw Britain even after we have left the EU.
Schauble granted an interview to the slavishly pro EU Financial Timesw in which he stated that even after Brexit, the UK would be bound by tax rules that would restrict it from granting incentives to keep investors in the country — and would also face EU budget bills for more than a decade.
Just how will Germany, sorry I meant the EU, enforce its tax bills? Will it send in the collection panzers if we do not pay? Perhaps this humourless creep needs to understand the idea of no taxation without representation.
But will we be alone in trying to leave the Evil Empire? By December 4 Italy could have an anti EU Government. In Austria the next President will almost certainly be the neo-fascist Norbert Hofer who is anti EU and another "outer", the frightful Marine Le Pen, is looking a better and better bet to break the glass ceiling in next year's French Presidential poll.
Schauble and the FT are part of a political/media elite that is taking an almighty kicking across the West. In that vein we should not discourage Wolfgang from speaking out. Every time he does so the "insurgency" grows more popular and the demise of the EU gets one step closer.
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After the Socialist MP Joe Cox was murdered by a mentally ill man the left wing Guardian Newspaper was quick to blame and condemn right wing Brexit campaigners who it claimed - with no evidence at all - had prompted this act. So what is its take on the tweet yesterday from Monisha Rajesh,a writer on travel matters who the Guardian uses regularly. She thinks that President elect Donald Trump should be assassinated.
Monisha has now deleted her tweet and protected her account but the screenshots are out there as you can see below. Will the Guardian show consistency and fire Ms Rajesh? Or does it think that it is okay to suggest that killing politicians, who have just picked up 59 million votes in a free and fair election, is acceptable if they happen to be right wing?
Free speech is something one should fight for but ihcitement to murder is not acceptable. Come on Polly Toynbee you remember what you wrote after Jo Cox died don't you? Now, how about 400 words on why Monisha must be fired?
925 days ago
I stayed up all night and as a result am knackered. I am happy because I wanted Trump to win as I explained HERE. I am even happier because I have time and time again, even on Monday HERE, shown you why the polls were wrong. And thus as predicted here in early September, the eight reasons why Trump was going to win proved valid. I look at the polling industry and the disgraceful behaviour of the media including BBC star Emily Maitlis and Matt Frei and Kylie Morris, both of Channel 4, in this campaign. I was right and almost the entire mainstream press here in the UK was just plain wrong. Shares have tumbled this morning, I explain what is next for America and for equities there and in the UK and finally, if the establishment ignores this warning as well as Brexit, I predict that Europe will see upset next and explain why so many of us in the 99% remain very angry deplorables.
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The Bar Council had condemned the way that sections of the press have criticised the High Court judges who ruled with Gina Millar on Brexit. There are calls from the left and from certain members of the legal community for curbs on the press and the protection of judges. This is terrifying.
This happens in the same week that the Courts have stopped the Daily Mail from naming a high profile businessman whose firm has swindled hundreds of ordinary citizens. Once again the judges have sides with the rich and powerful against the little guy. As a consumer I regard my right not to be swindled as more important than the right of a millionaire to privacy. But the Judges stick with the elite and gag the press.
So judges can continue to gag the press and insist - rightly - that they cannot be over-ruled by politicians and must be independent of them.
But if politicians cannot hold the judiciary to account who will? Surely that is exactly what the 4th Estate is there to do? Yet judges now want that freedom to be curbed as well. This is not a happy path on which we wander.
929 days ago
I am with my father in Shipston and the old fool is still delighting in ordering the awful Guardian newspaper. Indeed it gives the deluded lefty real pleasure in torturing me by reading out articles which even he accepts are complete and utter nonsense. Let's start with today's front page splash: "May told to act to calm Brexit "mob" anger. Hmmm.
The only problem with the headline is that Mrs May was not told that at all. One former Tory (just about) minister Dominic Grieve is quoted as saying "I think there is a danger of a sort of mob psyche developing". Well that is not what the headline says at all. Grieve then goes on to lose all credibility by saying that reading the Brexit coverage in the Mail and Telegraph "started to make one think that one was living in Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe."
Mr Grieve I know journalists who live in Mugabe's Zimbabwe. In that land politicians do not merely express their view about what a free press should or should not say - as you and the Guardian do - but they beat up and imprison jounalists for what they write. Your analogy is a silly one that demeans your argument and when politcians start telling the press what they should or should not write it is time to replace those politicians.
As for the Guardian with its made up headlines....nothing surprises me.
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#DailyMail is trending on twitter as those on the left, take time of from their crap degrees and pointless public sector jobs to rant about its coverage of the Brexit debacle of yesterday. The Mail, a loathsome rag, justifiably points out that the referendum promised that if we voted out we would leave. Now it seems as if that might not happen because of what three old men say. The Mail is right, the nation, or at least those who believed what we read on the ballot paper and in democracy, is outraged.
But on the left the Mail is being pillories with folks asking why it cannot be closed down. Close down the paper that brought the killers of Stephen Lawrence to justice? Really? Not everything in the Mail is awful although I concede that much of what is there is pretty dreadful.
But we on the right do not demand that the Guardian be closed down. We disagree with nearly everything it suggests and on grounds of common decency object to the way it branded we Brexiteers as having blood on our hands after the murder of Jo Cox and allowed Polly Toynbee to say she is glad that certain folks have died (Auberon Waugh). We on the right don't like the way the Guardian dodges tax but insists that we little people pay more. But we do not suggest that it be closed down.
In due course if it keeps burning cash as it does market forces will act as the grim reaper for the Guardian but that is another matter. We on the right tend to believe in free speech. The intolerance of the left, as displayed on campuses across the UK on a weekly basis, is truly frightening. When did the left stop supporting a free and diverse press?
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We were told that we, the people, would decide whether we stayed in the EU just as we had in 1975. The wording on the ballot was clear and we voted to leave in the largest vote ever held in this country. Today the High Court has ruled that the Government cannot trigger Article 50 and so pave the way for Brexit without a vote by MPs.
So unelected judges now pass the baton back to MP's 80% of whom voted to remain and some, such as Ken Clarke and David Lammy, say they will vote against what the people wanted. If that happens one hopes that Theresa May deselects all Tory MPs who dare to show such open contempt for democracy and calls an immediate election. She would win by a landslide.
Indeed, if Mrs may loses this vote in parliament she will have no choice but to call a General Election and one would hope that, with that made clear to the weasels who sit behind her, she would insist that Tory MPs back her with a three line whip with a threat of deselection. That would get most of them, although not folk like Clarke who, thankfully, is not standing again, into line.
Meanwhile there would be a good few Labour MPs representing staunchly Brexit seats who might want to think long and hard about whether defeating such a motion and triggering an immediate Election, where they would effectively be asking voters in their seats to re-run June 23, would be a career ending move. Indeed Comrade Corbyn may well recognise that and so take the populist line of saying "we respect the people's choice." So you would hope that Article 50 will still be triggered.
But who knows what will happen? If the will of the people is frustrated by unelected Judges and MPs who think they just know better than the "little people" who pay their bloated wages and expenses I see no reason at all why I should bother paying my taxes anymore. Piano wire is what both the judges and any MPs who block this deserve. The deplorables of the West spoke on June 23rd. They will speak again on November 8 and we are not going away, just getting angrier by the minute.
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This was the strap on an article posted on LinkedIn. aka facebook for really boring adults. It is a great headline which arouses interest but I really doubt that "I'm an emergency surgeon" was quite the answer you were thinking of as you hit the link. I am sure you could do better. For instance, when with the mad public sector working bunch of lefties who are the friends of my Mrs, I could come up with:
I support Donald Trump
Brexit is excellent news
Oxbridge is a meritocracy
Trickle down cuts poverty
Socialism does not work
Homosexuals over-represented on Corrie
Get a real job
Like xxxx says. This is where xxxx is Peter Hitchens/Melanie Phillips/Chris Booker/Ann Coulter/Mark Steyn or any other heroes of our age.
Anthony Weiner to babysit?
You know the list goes on and on and on... bur right now that Trump line can't be bettered. Trust me, I have used it already and it went down a treat.
I really don't think "I'm an emergency surgeon" gets anywhere close.
934 days ago
Back in 2004 the Guardian identified Clark County Ohio as a swing district in th4e swing state of Ohio. History shows if you win Ohio you win the White House and Clark was an uber-marginal district. So the Guardian got its readers back in the UK to call up folks in Clark. You can guess what happened next.
"Hello my good man this is Jasper from Islington and that Bush fellow is a racist who does not understand why LGBT issues and global warming are the big issues in Ohio today please vote for John Kerry. There's a good chap. Power to the workers."
Sound of silence as American from flyover state wonders who this posh British tosser is and why he is talking total rubbish.
There was a 1600 vote swing to Bush in Clark giving him a landslide win in the district and helping him to land Ohio comfortably.
It is not too late for The Guardian to get its readers on the phone before November 8. Ohio looks safe for the Donald so how about the Grauniad readers work their magic in Florida or Pennsylvania? But in this new media era there is already an effort underway from Avaaz, the online grouping fighting for every duff cause on this planet. Remember Brexit?
On June 22nd Avaaz emailed its database of dim millennials urging everyone to vote Remain. It warned that if we voted leave it would mean this for the country:
It can turn away from Great Britain to become little England: small, weak, and white. But that has never been the dream of the English, or the British. It is not now the dream of any of Britain's major political parties or leaders. It is only the dream of a few populist xenophobes, buoyed by a few small minded newspaper editors and owners of the Mail and the Sun, especially Trump-loving American Rupert Murdoch, who have whipped up anti-government and anti-immigrant hysteria with lies and propaganda."
Well that was balanced and fact based. With an Avaaz campaign in overdrive in the final days of the campaign the polls did indeed move. Much to everyone's shock, Britain voted to leave.
And so to Trump, okay most Avaaz folks are in Europe but we can still help the great cause. So Avaaz warns it millenial readers of what a Trump win means. It starts with the BIG ISSUE
Trump wants to tear up the Paris climate deal, and that's just the start of his horrifying plans! But now there's a way we can all help stop him, just by texting.
Then onto the other Trump issues...
Trump and the racist, sexist, anti-climate, isolationist message he peddles is a threat to the entire world, to everything we fight for as a community. And connecting with young Americans who also care about saving our planet, and ensuring they have all the information they need to vote, can be enough to secure a vote against Trump.
So what to do: starting texting! Over to Avaaz
Tests show that one of us can make a voting plan with 30 people who share our values in just an hour -- there's no get out the vote program anywhere that has that kind of success rate!
You’ll get everything you need to jump right in through progressive group NextGen Climate -- a thorough training, a community, a support team in a chat room, and a contact list when you’re ready to get started. And because the tool doesn't use any text messages on your plan -- you send them through a web page -- you can recruit tons and tons of people at no extra cost (make sure you're super comfortable writing in fluent English though!).
Well good luck folks. Make sure you text all those unemployed young folks across the Rust Belt to tell them why you are fighting carbon emissions. Make sure to text the black community where Trump is the most popular GOP candidate for 56 years to say that all Trump supporters including 1 in 5 Afro Americans and almost 40% of hispanics are racists.
Please explain to the poor kids in the inner cities and the south who will be the next lot in the front line for the army why isolationism is so much worse than sending young folks overseas to die in numerous pointless wars, the Clinton doctrine.
Go for it...Clark County goes national with the proven vote winners of Avaaz.
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Before the FBI did the decent thing and, in some cases, afterwards the liberal media was telling us that the General Election was a slam dunk win for Hillary. But the polls told you that this was not the case. Even without the FBI reopening its investigation into Crooked Hillary which is really bad news for her, as I explain HERE, Trump was looking good for the White House. Here's why.
Pollsters such as CBS and NBC had been publishing rigged polls which, as I demonstrated HERE, massively oversampled Dems but which the liberal media lapped up. They told us that Clinton was +12. The polls were so stupid that they have been recalibrated in recent days and now CBS, for instance, shows Clinton at +2, or did in a survey conducted just before the FBI bombshell.
In today's Sunday Telegraph Simon Heffer refers to a trailing poll of polls showing Clinton's lead narrowing to +5 but that poll of polls still includes some polls with heavily rigged data. So that +5 almost certainly overstates the Clinton nominal lead by at least 2.5 points if not more..
However we then must factor in shy Trumpsters. In the Brexit vote we "outers" were branded by the liberal media establishment as racist, ignorant, economic underachievers and in the last few days were told we had the blood of poor Jo Cox MP on our hands. Not surprisingly some outers declined to admit to pollsters where they stood.
In the Trump/Clinton contest some of us do not mind being tagged as deplorables and wear the badge with pride. But Matt Frei is far from alone in the media in branding ALL Trump voters as racist and the liberal media also claims that any man voting for Trump is a misogynist and any woman backing the Donald is just plain stupid.
So there will be shy Trumpsters not showing up in the polls and I argued, HERE, last week that hard poll data suggests that "shy Trumpsters are worth 3-4 points for the GOP. So a 2-3 point headline lead for Crooked Hillary as at last Thursday (the most recent date of polls in the field) could well be a Trump lead of anything up to 2 points.
And now we have the FBI bombshell. However the crooked one spins this, it is bad news for her. There is the fact that her closest aide appears to have been married to a serial paedo. That is just distasteful: sex scandals and the Clintons do seem to walk hand in hand. And they leave a nasty taste in the mouth, not just for Monica Lewinsky but for many in a God fearing country who just don't live their lives that way.
But worse still is the very real possibility that Clinton may be charged with an imprisonable offence. In the words of Watergate hero Carl Bernstein, no friend of we deplorables:
"We don't know what this means yet except that it's a real bombshell. And it is unthinkable that the Director of the FBI would take this action lightly, that he would put this letter forth to the Congress of the United States saying there is more information out there about classified e-mails and call it to the attention of congress unless it was something requiring serious investigation."
And that is how - outside the Beltway, Hollywood and the offices of the liberal media establishment - America views this. It will not cause massive shifts in voting but there will be some Bernie Sanders type Dems who were planning to vote Dem despite loathing Hillary, but who will now abstain. There will be a few Republicans who were planning on abstaining but, now reminded of just how evil are the Clintons, will hold their noses and vote Trump. And there are the 4 or 5% who were genuinely undecided as at last week. They will split three ways (Trump, Clinton and other/non vote) but there is no way on earth now that this group will not contain more folks pulling the lever for the Donald than for the Crooked One. Each of those three shifts may be worth half a point or less to Trump but collectively they add up and if he was tied or marginally in the lead before...
I await the first polls conducted post the bombshell but they must surely show a swing to the GOP. Given where the polls were pre the bombshell, and adjusting for shy Trumpsters, it looks better and better for we deplorables.
936 days ago
Bristol is the sort of left leaning City where the patronising middle classes agree with Matt Frei that ALL Trump supporterrs are racists. They agree with Hillary Clinton that anyone voting for the GOP is a "deplorable". Naturally we Brexit voters were also termed ignorant racists by the bien pensants of the South West. Put it this way: I really don't feel as if I am in my ideologocal home here.
I want to stand shoulder to shoulder with my Brexit supporting comrades in Gateshead who do not think that loving your country and wanting it to be free is something to be ashamed of. I want to link arms with God fearing, hard working, tax paying, gun owning patriots in the flyeover states as they seek to take back their country from the coastal liberal elites who have presided over a mass trabnsfer of wealth from the 99% to the 1%. And so I want to wear my Hillary for Prison T-shirt with pride.
Until today, doing so here in Bristol risked a lynching because, if the effete Bristolians looked up from their organic latte's as they read the Guardian, and saw a Trump supporter they could not hide their contempt for a "deplorable."
But as someone who wears the tag deplorable with pride I wonder if on this day, as it now seems just possible that, thanks to the heroic FBI, Hillary will indeed go to prison, is it right to "come out" as a Trumpster? Perhaps the bien pensants will accept that we deplorables were right all along and now join me in a choris of "lock her up! lock her up!"
I doubt it. So distorted are the values of the liberal elite that they would rather vote for a criminal than a conservative.
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Born to two celeb luvvie parents, the pop singer Lily Allen has never had to struggle. Growing up in lefty and leafy Islington she attended 13 different schools including uber posh Bedales and was booted out of most of them. She is fabulously wealthy thanks to her pop songs. And now, when visiting the Jungle near Calais, she has apologised to those there on behalf of the whole country. Lily you are an out of touch elitist and can fuck right off.
Most of the folks in the Jungle at Calais are harmless but a number are gang rapists and worse - crime is rife there. Lily wants the whole lot admitted to the UK. When they arrive the good folks and the bad will end up in poorer areas not where Lily lives. So the gang rapists won't threaten her. Not will any of them act as cheap labour in the singing profession and put downward pressure on her wages or ensure more rationing of education and health in the social circles inhabited by Lily.
For Lily there is no downside for immigration and so need to debate the fact that their presence in France shows Jungle residents are not refugees as they are already in a safe country. Their wish to move to Britain makes them economic migrants.
But rich folks like Lily and C4's uber liberal anchor Jon Snow want more migrants so facts don't matter. There will be more cheapo nannies, cleaners and waiters at posh restaurants on offer for the liberal millionaires and no downside. Lily lives a privileged life so remote from the rest of us that is one of the least qualified folk in Britain to speak on our behalf. Lily sweetie, you sell records, you are not mandated by the rest of us or qualified in any way to apologise on our behalf.
Post Brexit (which she opposed natch) Lily tweeted "One thing is for sure though Boris will not be negotiating with the working classes interests in mind. We must #STOPBORIS". Places like Bedales really teach you what the working classes want and qualify you to speak on their behalf.
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The Guardian reports that "The number of homophobic attacks more than doubled in the three months after the Brexit vote, with toxicity fostered by the EU referendum debate spreading beyond race and religion, new figures suggest. Hate crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people increased 147% during July, August and September compared to the same period last year, according to the LGBT anti-violence charity Galop." Unfortuanately this is just utterly bogus as the Guardian article itself makes clear.
The Guardian also states in the same laughable article: "Galop gave support to 187 LGBT people who had suffered hate crimes in the three months that followed the referendum vote, compared with 72 in the same period in 2015. The rise is proportionately higher than other hate crime rises in the wake of Brexit ."
So in fact all those comments by Boris & Prit has seen we wicked remainers lashing out at the pooftahs even more than we bashed the immigrants? Nope - read the sentence above again. The 147% figure is the number of hate crimes reported to GALOP not those reported to the police and that number is likely to be a very small sample and a skewed one. To extrapolate from that that there has been a 147% increase in overall hate crime against LGBT folks since Brexit is sheer nonsense as will become abundantly clear when the full data from the rozzers finally comes out.
I quote from the 2016 GALOP report on hate crime:
At least 7,016 homophobic and transphobic hate crimes were recorded by UK police during 2014/15. That was an increase from at least 6,409 the previous year.
So those served by GALOP appear to be c4% of the total number of gays suffering hate crimes.
I am sure hate crime against LGBT folks has also risen in 2016 - it is a long term Europewide trend, and invonveniently for the Guardian, a dispropotionate number of those carrying out LGBT hate crimes are from another minority grouping.
Instinctively we know the Guardian is talking nonsense. I simply do not believe that Brexit has caused LGB folks to suffer a disproportionate increase in hate crimes. It just sounds implausible. Are wicked remainers really leaving off the Poles to seek out gay men to attack?
Moreover you will see that "hate crimes" have been increasing rapidly across Britain for several years, in large part down to new definitions of what is a hate crime. They have also been surging across the rest orf the EU for several years.
Naturally the Guardian knows that this is all down to Boris, Priti and the other 17 million of us who voted for Brexit. The logical flaws in this coverage are just breathtaking.
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I managed to tolerate her reading inane women's magazines but this really is a step too far. There was I, having done the weekly shop and cooked a full supper after a hard day's work , happily watching Newsnight. The BBC's finest metropolitan liberals had just explained to me how Brexit had ruined the economy anf how Russia was trying to help Donald Trump win the election by cheating, when the Mrs switched channel to the Graham Norton Show.
Three actors pushing their new crap films, a comedian with a ghastyly scouse accent plugging his next tour and another pushing her new book. All are asked soft questions by camp Irish pixie Mr Norton. A fawning audience laugh at ever inane comment made by the celebs or Norton. The female comedian tells a joke about a gardener offering to trim her bush. Ooooh er what a clever sexual double entrendre. How everyone laughed.
It is true Soma for the masses. And the Mrs is lapping it up. I am dying for the baby to wake and up and scream for a nappy change. "I'll do it, please, anothing but this TV torture".
What do you think? Is forcing me to watch the Graham Norton Show reasonable grounds for divorce?
959 days ago
We all have opinions about what might happen and no-one can prove that your opinion on the future is wrong.The sun will rise tomorrow is an opinion. I suspect few would disagree with it but since it is in the future not the past it is not a fact. Facts (a word derived from the Latin for it has happened) are a different matter. But not it seems if you are a nutty Euro loon who cannot accept the Brexit vote. Meet Petra Mason who has a degree in behavioural ecology and is into pottery and tweeting gibberish.
Petra served up this tweet.
Hmmmm. Actually the facts show that since the Brexit vote the UK economy has grown. Our GDP today is more than it was on June 23rd. And, in fact, we are the fastest growing economy in the G7 and our GDP will at Christmas probably be higher than it is now. Of course that last point is an opinion although one that is widely shared among economists. What is a fact is that the tweet from Petra, an RT of some crap in the Independent is factually wrong.
So I tweeted a suggestion that she might like to retract and apologise. Petra tweeted back that Sterling was falling. Yes it is but that does not mean that the UK economy has not grown. What Sterling is or the FTSE 100 stands at is irrelevant though Petra flagged up both. I merely pointed out that her original tweet was a factual error.
At that point she challenged me to say what made me qualified to opine on this matter. You do not need any qualification to discuss what has happened to GDP since what we are debating here is not opinion but fact. But since she asked I did economics at A Level ( winning the school Economics prize), read Economics at Oxford and have been working in finance for 26 years. Meanwhile Petra is good at making pots.
I do not denigrate making pots. It adds to GDP and Petra may be a most excellent potter. I wish that I was but when I have tried it I have been shown to be utterly useless.
But on economics and logic (which I also studied at Oxford), my friend the eco-potter is on rather weaker ground.
We do not know what will happen to UK GDP in the long term. Nor, if it goes up or down can we definitively link that to Brexit since many other factors may be at play. Events can be conjoined but not connected (David Hume, a chap whose works I studied at Oxford). But when someone states as a fact (UK GDP has fallen since June 23) something that is demonstrably wrong, then one should retract and retreat. But for Petra and some of her fellow remainers that is just not something that they can accept.
961 days ago
The Hungarian referendum on immigration left me feeling pretty disgusted by all involved. All the players appall me.
The liberal media wags from the BBC and Channel 4 were delighted to interview a raft of fat old Hungarians dressed in national costume heading off to vote. One woman insiated in sitting on the back seat of the car facing backwards with her ample arse in the air so as not to crumple her hideous dress which reminded us of folks in old Nazi propaganda movies from the thirties. Naturally 99% of those voting wandered to the station wearing jeans and looking normal. But the media wanted to show that all those voting to stop migration were old, inbred and stupid. We have seen that agenda before.
But the fact is that 98% of those voting did so because they wanted their constitution changed so that there would be no refugees forced on the Magyars by the EU. In this they are egged on by a loathsome Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, who says that the EU plans will destroy the Christian and Hungarian culture in his country. That is a blatant lie. The population of Hungary is just shy of 10 million. The EU set a quota for refugees of just 1300.
i am afraid that the Hungarian leader lied but his people must have known that he was talking nonsense but lapped it up anyway. Hungary appears keen to continue its long tradition of nationalism and intolerance of minorities which saw it side with Germany during the 1930s and in World War two as a willing ally. And so I find the attitude of the Hungarian nation mean spirited and frankly revolting.
But there is another player: the EU. It has simply imposed quotas on countries such as Hungary which are poor and whose people are hostile. There has been no consultation just a diktat by large unelected souls thousands of miles away. That is how the EU operates and it is something that is causing growing resentment by folks outside the elites across the continent.
I too am revolted by the actions of the EU on so many matters, notably the appalling way that the poor of my alternate homeland of Greece have been treated. The EU will cause folks across Europe to react against it in so many way. Brexit in Britain, this referendum in Hungary, by voting for fascists like Le Pen in France or Golden Dawn in Greece. Most of those outlets for anger fill me with horror.
None of the players in this Hungarian tale emerge looking like the good guys. They all deserve each other.
961 days ago
When a broadcaster that we are forced to pay for abandons any pretence of impartiality with its news coverage, the great unwashed who earn a fraction of the salaries of the star presenters, and even B list camera candy, have every right to be angry. That is where we are at with the BBC right now. last night's Newsnight from the Tory conference marked a new low point. A panel was assembled to discuss Brexit.
Leading the pack was Guardian journalist Andrew Rawnsley, a lefty and a Remainer. Then there was Tory MP Heidi Allen who campaigned for Remain. Third up there was Tory peer, journalist and Cameron biographer Danny Finkelstein. He too was a remainer. Finally there was Jenni Russell a journalist who went from the BBC to C4 to the Guardian and New Statesman and is now at the Times and was described as a "key member of the new establishment". Jenni is left of centre and, of course, voted to Remain.
So the 48% of the country and 30% of Tory voters who wanted to Remain were well represented by four members of the political media establishment whose views on social issues would all be described as liberal and who all wanted to stay in the EU. And they were there to discuss Britain and the EU with presenter Evan Davis who, of course is another uber rich member of the liberal left and also a "Remainer."
The BBC could easily have found the odd Eurosceptic at the Tory conference but it is now not even pretending to be partial. This is the broadcaster that proceeds every single piece of good economic news, of which there has been an awful lot since June 23, with the words "Despite Brexit."
I could probably accept that the BBC is out of tune with the country on many issues with its left liberal bias. I would privatise it but could understand why others would not. But when Pravda stops to even pretend that it is impartial, it shows a contempt for those who pay for its output not through choice but because they are forced to. At that point we, the great unwashed, will show our contempt for the BBC.
After last night's effort can anyone explain the moral case for me to actually pay for my license any more?
962 days ago
The Colombian referendum really has got the liberal elite out in force showing their contempt for the "little people" when they vote the wrong way. In the comfortable groves of academia, a haven for lazy and overpaid folks who engage in an intolerant form of group think, the sparks were flying. We have already met Dr Caroline from Sheffied University who thinks we "should never have referendums on things that really matter" now meet Scott Bellows from Durham. Scott, the Prof, tweeted:
So Scott uses the BBC as his primary news source. Why does that not surprise me.
In Scott's view the great unwashed just don't know what is good for them. Of course they don't Scott. Their hard work without 15 weeks leave per annum and with no gold plated pension, pays your bloody salary but that does not mean that plebs driving white vans should have a say in public policy.
Only those folks in the top 10% of wage earners (like senior lecturers once you add in the pension benefit), folks who read the Guardian and who do not need to be told about eating five a day know what is best for society. The working classes are just fucking stupid. They just let emotions like racism, or not wanting to forgive mass murderers, or resentment of widespread de-industrialisation get in the way of making the "right choice". Right on Scott, pass the Focaccia and lets sneer at common people again.
Here is another patronising bastard from academia telling 17 million Britons that they did not understand what they needed to do to make a rational choice on June 23 and so allowed silly thoughts to get in the way. Why didn't the great unwashed read Polly Toynbee and Owen Jones in the Guardian and so vote the right way?
How Scott views the Republican primaries is even more telling. You will note that he makes no judgement about how Democrats voted in their primaries but it is only Trump (who secured 60% of the GOP vote) who is where he is as the result of emotion not logic. Most folks in the West think that selecting candidates via primaries ( that is among all supporters of a party in a given area) is a good thing. Party activists tend to be more extreme (left wing for Labour & the Dems, right wing for the Tories and the GOP) than party voters. So a primary rather than a caucus gets more mainstream candidates. The third alternative, party leaders picking a crony candidate in a smoke filled room is surely the least desirable selection method on offer.
Yet such is Scott's contempt for the ordinary voter now that he or she is voting the "wrong way", that he or she is prepared to tell the establishment where to stick it, that our comrade from Durham views a primary as a plebiscite and wants to move away from such a system. Scott wants to take power from the many ( who he despises) and give it to the few, to folks like him.
I am afraid that Donald and Caroline hold views that are far from isolated in academia today. My wife is an academic in a social studies discipline and when I listen to her friends I hear the same views. "How can the Tories have won the election, I don't know anyone who votes for them" said one in 2015. My wife, a woman of colour, has not dared say how she voted on June 23rd given the slew of facebook posts from her friends branding all Brexit supporters as racist or stupid or both. It does not cross their closed minds for a second that my wife might have voted for Brexit, as indeed she did.
Academia has no tolerance for those outside a narrow Group Think. Worse still, there is now no pretence that it does not openly despise those of us who dare to think differently. We must, by definition, be stupid to disagree with a consensus which is enforced with Stalinist brutality.
962 days ago
The BBC and the rest of the liberal media was creaming itself last week reporting as breaking news for several days on the trot claims by Nissan that it may cease investing in its Sunderland plant because of Brexit. That will teach those thick racists in the grim North for voting for Brexit smirked the southern liberal elite. The great unwashed have only themselves to blame. They should have listened to the London lefty millionaires from the media and academia who really knew what was best for the "ordinary people" of Britain. What the BBC and Guardian failed to report is that Nissan has form. It is the boy who cried Euro Wolf.
Roll back to 2002, when all those folks who warned us how the stockmarket, house prices and the economy would crash within weeks and that base rates would soar if we voted for Brexit on June 23, were blathering on about the Euro. Think Peter Mandelson, Paddy Pantsdown, the CBI and think Nissan.
I refer you to an article from 4 December 2002 from the Daily Telegraph:
Nissan, the Japanese carmaker, said yesterday that further investment in the UK depends on whether Britain joins the euro. Carlos Ghosn, chief executive, said the Sunderland plant, which produces the Micra and employs nearly 5,000 people, could suffer if Britain stays out of the single currency.
"The challenge is that Sunderland is producing cars with costs in pounds and most of the revenues in euros, and this is a situation we don't like." The Sunderland plant is the most efficient in Europe and a leading light of the British car industry.
Nissan had considered moving production of the Micra to a plant owned by French partners Renault, had the Government not stepped in with an aid package. Mr Ghosn, who is credited with having transformed the fortunes of Nissan, said that if Britain did not join the euro, the company could decide on "less assembly activity".
Oh... so what happened when Britain ignored the bien pensants and did not join the disaster that has been the Euro? Natch: Nissan expanded its production in Sunderland anyway. What old carlos said was a complete porky pie.
Of course producing cars in Europe where workers are keen on strikes, impossible to fire without enormous payoffs however bad trade gets or useless they are and where productivity lags that in Sunderland is still an option. But there are many reasons why Nissan won't actually take it up.
And as the BBC and its liberal pals fail to report, the trouble is that Nissan cried Euro wolf before and perhaps that is why no-one outside the media bubble of diehard Remainers believes it this time around.
962 days ago
Out in Colombia a referendum on whether a peace treaty between the State and the loathsome murderers of the Maoist terror group FARC should be ratified has just seen the great unwashed vote the wrong way. It seems that the oiks were not so keen on an amnesty for the butchers and so voted in a way that the liberal intelligentsia across the world do not understand. it is Brexit all over again, why can't the lower classes do what is good for them, wails the elite. Meet academic Caroline Dodds Pennock from Sheffield University. She won't like me posting her photo but since you, the taxpayer, have been paying her wages since she graduated from Oxford you have a right to know how she thinks.
Caroline who is a historian but is a whizz at Women's studies as well caught my eye with the tweet below. Why I am not surprised that she reads the Guardian?
This is outrageous. Caroline really appears to think that the stupid peasants should only be allowed a direct democratic voice on things that do not matter. They simply cannot be trusted with important issues. I countered this with a comment about what a patronising remark that was to which she countered Of course I believe in democracy, but I see nothing wrong with really big issues going to the whole electorate. I am happy to accept the collective wisdom of my peers. And irrespective of where we were educated or what job we do, when it comes to democracy, everyone is your peer - all mankind stands equal.
Ideally all folks would vote on everything, in the spirit of true democracy, that is to say rule by the people. I would love to cut out the wastrels and expenses fiddlers who sit in Parliament, as often as not thwarting the desires of those that they are meant to represent while costing an arm and a leg. Cut out the middle man and you cut out the politics of pork belly as well as the porkers themselves. I accept that sometimes the people would vote in a way I'd disagree with but I think my fellow man has a right to decide his own future.
Caroline's assertion that because I support referenda means I don't support representative democracy is just silly. In the absence of a move to use modern technology to cut out the middle man I am happy to leave most decisions to the expenses fiddlers but big ones must be decided by the people directly. The left used to think this way too. It was Labour that pushed through plebiscites on the EU and Scotland in the 1970s. It is only now that the left is losing such votes that some of the comrades are forced to dismiss the views of the "lower orders"in such a patronising fashion.
De Toqueville and, later, Mill were right to warn of the tyranny of the majority and there needs to be institutional safeguards to prevent that. But ultimately I believe in the rights of my fellow man (and woman) to decide his or her future. But Caroline and her ilk have been bruised by Brexit and are thus now terrified of the popular will and so want to emasculate it via parliamentary democracy unless the issue is one that does not really matter. The liberal elite will pretend they are democrats and offer a sop to the masses by allowing them to decide on trivial matters such as whether their district should have a directly elected Mayor, but things that matter must be left to the "grown ups".
I am outraged at how patronising those with comfortable, well paid jobs such as academics who do some moonlighting with the BBC seek to lecture those whose existences are far more challenging about how we should all live our lives on the basis that the top few percent really "do know best". With Brexit, with the rise of Trump and in Colombia we "little people" are saying that "enough is enough". Caroline and I had a heated twitter exchange. She tweeted that I was a "former journalist" and disparaged me professionally. As a, very much, current journalist after 24 years, one month and two days in the game I said I would write an article and wanting to put in a bit of colour on this establishment figure asked which school she went to before attending Corpus Christi Oxford.
Of course I went to Oxford too. I accept that I am from a reasonably privileged background but I do not lecture those less privileged with an insistence that they are not smart enough to decide their own future, I leave that to Caroline. With her career smears against me Caroline gave as good as she got even if she had to resort to made up facts. It is a free world and she does seem to believe in free speech. But the reaction of her pals was instructive. Not only do the liberal left not like "the little people" having a democratic voice, they do not like those they disagree with enjoying free speech. Free speech is only for those who think the "right way"
Meet Fern Riddell who teaches history at Kings College London and has also appeared regularly on TV. Her thesis was on Vice and Virtue: Pleasure, Morality and Sin in London's Music Halls 1850-1939. In precis:
Using the theatrical space of the music halls as a prism for social investigation, this thesis explores how the stage was used to transmit and negotiate ideas of sexuality and social control from 1850-1939. Beginning with the development of urban understanding in the acts and songs of the male comic singers, to the militant feminist expressions of the suffragette stars, Fern is exploring how the music halls existed in a state of constant flux: as a place of radical political expression, and also conservative reinforcement. The main case study of the thesis is the incredible life of Kitty Marion, Militant Suffragette and Music Hall Star.
More of my taxes well spent I see. Anyhow Fern does not reckon that I should be publishing articles giving my viewpoint on the remarks made on twitter by her friend. If I had said this on her campus I would be censored as all the millennials rushed to the safe room for save haven. But I am not an academic, I am a journalist. So, on trumped up charges she wants twitter to ban me instead.
964 days ago
There have been three nationwide polls since the debate on a nationwide basis. Reuters decided to poll a lot more registered Democrats than Republicans so again skewing its results in order to create a bogus lead for Crooked Hillary. You can discount any of its polls, its fudges have discredit it completely. The other two (Fox & Rasmussen) show Hillary with leads of 3% and 1% and swings to her of 2% and 6% respectively. Great news for the crooked one? I am not so sure.
It is clear that crooked Hillary did win the debate although having slated Trump as a bad loser for complaining his mike was broken she will no doubt be appologising this morning as the Debate Commission admitted that it was indeed defective. Those Americans who see Hillary as being the candidate of a big business/big media/political establishment conspiracy will say "told ya".
Given Hillary's win in the debate I predicted a poll bounce of 2-4% and it looks like it was around 4%. But her lead is tiny and the debate is now in the rear view mirror. Memories will fade. Coming up ahead we have so much more scandal on the emails and cover up which will hurt her. More importantly there are seismic shifts in the economy and the stockmarket and they are nearly all bad. That hits the party of incumbency, ie the Dems and Hillary.
Hillary had a double digit lead after her convention. That evaporated in six weeks. Can she protect a lead of 1-3% for another six weeks? It is far from a given.
I now flag up the issue of the "shy GOP" voter. We see it in British elections where a small number of Tories refuse to admit to tell pollsters that they are voiting for the party of the right. In the EU poll there were far more shy Brexit supporters than Remainers. The entire liberal media tells us that Tories/Brexiters hate the NHS,poor people and immigrants and are generally thick racists. We know that is untrue but is it surprising that a few of us on the right decline to admit to anyone who we support, even to a pollster.
And it will be the same in the US. When you have folks like Alvin Hall going on mainstream media saying that the folks who vote Trump are either stupid or racist or both that will harden support for Trump as folks find another liberal elitist to despise but it may also give another reason to remain a "shy Republican" when asked your views by a pollster.
In many places thse days it is far easier to come out as a homosexual than as a Trump supporter. Naturally I applaud anyone brave enough to do either but those on the liberal left simply do not and are oppressive in how they smear and abuse we who are out and proud Trump supporters.
My guess is that the shy Republican phenomena will give Trump a boost of at least a percentage point by November 8 in the only poll that actually maters. And that is why I'd view the polls as we stand as being essentially tied. The first debate is in the rear view mirror but what lies ahead should be nearly all bad news for Crooked Hillary.
I stand by my 8 reasons Trump will win article here. Bring on the next batch of suppressed Clinton emails....
965 days ago
Remember that before the Brexit vote the City warned that if we voted to leave the EU then tens of thousands of well paid bankster jobs across London would be lost. Oddly the Remainers thought that this would drive folks to vote for them because - outside London we really care about ensuring banksters continue to earn megabucks.
Maybe if Project Fear had announced that if we stayed in the EU all banksters would be lead through the streets in chains and pelted with rotten fruit the result might have been different? As it was, cheered by the thought of thousands of banksters being fired and losing everything, the UK voted to leave. And now the bankster firing fest is underway...but hang on!
So far there seem to have been no job losses in London. But Commerzbank, Germany's second largest bank, announced this week it was firing one fifth of its staff. Next week we are told that Holland's largest bank, ING, is going to be handing out thousands of black bin liners as it tells many of its staff to clear their desks. And of course Deutsche Bank, Europe's biggest bank, is teetering on the edge of collapse so one imagines that it will be sacking banksters at a rate of knots too.
I feel robbed. George Osborne, the BBC and many others told me that if I voted for Brexit I could be guaranteed the treat of heading up to London to see banksters crying into their champagne as they were fired en masse because all the banking jobs would be moved to places like Holland and Germany.
I was really looking forward to this as a Christmas treat. You know, an afternoon at Canary Wharf jeering at banksters as they wonder how they will fund their coke habits going forward, taken in a show in the West End and then a quick tour of Fulham to see all the "For Sale" signs going up as over-geared financiers tried to sell in a panic. I just couldn't wait for this Brexit bonus.
But it seems that the only banks that are firing staff are those at the heart of the economic disaster that is the Eurozone. Who could possibly have imagined that Project Fear would have made the whole thing up?
966 days ago
As head of the CBI Carolyn Fairbairn is meant to speak for British Business. She is, naturally, totally unqualified. Her CV says it all:
Cambridge, MBA at Insead, spot of journalism, management consultant, manager at BBC, NED at the FSA ( now FCA) and now head of the CBI. Those who can do, those who can't consult and preach.
During the EU referendum Carolyn warned ius all of the dire consequences of Brexit and insisted that British business wanted to stay. The warnings were lies and just as when the CBI said business wanted to join the Euro it spoke for a few not for all. This week Carolyn Fairbairn has been at the Labour Party conference in Liverpool.
Labour has promised so much additional spending that it will bankrupt the state. As Mrs Thatcher observed, the problem with socialists is that eventually they run out of other people's money. And socialism is back with Labour. we are promised a minimum wage of £10 that will send companies to the wall, we are promised more and more regulation, workers sitting on boards, the works.
This is clearly a manifesto that is very much a total disaster for British business and so what did Ms Fairbairn - who has never run a private sector business or risked her capital - say? She said she was "wary" of the minimum wage plans and that the spending and regulatory committments needed to be considered. FFS Ms Fairbairn, Labour's plans are a disaster for business. I know your old chums from the BBC may not appreciate that but your members do.
If Carolyn Fairbairn cannot speak up for the productive part of the economy, in which she has spent so little of her adult life, she should be looking for another job. Right now she is just not fit for purpose.
967 days ago
According to Labour Health Secretary and rentaquote lardbucket Diane Abbott the 17 million folks who voted for Brexit did so because "they wanted to see fewer foreign looking people on the streets". Brexit voter = racist. Interesting.
Just before the vote I was at a party for the 50th wedding anniversary of my wife's parents who, as it happens, were both born in India and are clearly people of colour. One thing that struck me as we chatted away was how many people in the wider family were planning to vote for Brexit. My wife voted for Brexit as did her sister. Even her husband who did not have the vote as he is Greek supported Brexit. Polls show that across the Labour heartlands large numbers of other folks of colour voted to leave.
In the simple analysis of Diane Abbott my wife, all those other folks of colour and millions of working class white Labour voters are now all racists. In fact, there are many reasons why folks voted for Brexit and there are many reasons why Labour is languishing in the polls.
I suspect that having a woman who sent her son to a selective school but wants to stop the rest of us having that opportunity via grammar schools, lecturing us all that if we don't think as she does on Europe we are all racists, is not going to reverse the erosion of Labour support. Nor will it make those 17 million people branded racists like The Mrs regret voting for Brexit.
It might however make the Mrs contemplate abandoning the party of which she is a member and which she has voted for. since she was 18 Clearly folk like her are not wanted by Labour any more.
971 days ago
Surely after Brexit, when almost every celebrity in Britain told the great unwashed to vote to stay, a call that was completely ignored, even the Guardian realises that celeb endorsements count for nothing. Keira Knightley can lecture me from her multi million pound mansion about why I really want to pay more taxes, have more EU diktat's ruining my life and why I should wet my pants over global warming but I just don't care. I have bills to pay and rather resent someone with no such concerns telling me how to live my life.
But the Guardian has not twigged that. After all its senior staffers in the media elite go to the same parties as Alan Bennett and the same charity bashes as Becks, Keira and Gary Lineker so they think the views of the celebs actually matter. The Guardian backed laws to stop the press exposing the hypocrisy of such celebs by exposing double standards in their private lives. It is part of an utterly out of touch liberal establishment
And thus the Guardian splashes with the news that the singer Bruce Springsteen is backing Hillary Clinton and thinks that Donald Trump is a "moron". Well there is a shock. Bruce backs the Dems every single time. Back in the days when I actually attended a couple of his shows on the Born in the USA Tour he was tearing into old Ronnie Reagan. Bruce told Americans to back Walter Mondale in the 1984 contest. You will remember that Mondale lost every state bar his home state of Minnesota and even there he won by the tiniest of margins. In terms of electoral college votes Bruce's man managed the worst showing in history. But Bruce did not mind that the rest of America was backing Reagan, at the height of his own popularity he insisted that folks should vote Dem and lambasted Reagan's America. And everyone ignored him.
So draft dodging Bruce, a lifelong liberal is voting Democrat. Knock me down with a feather. And for the next shock Guardian headline "Bill Clinton is voting for Hillary Clinton." That is after he's finished knocking off his latest bimbo who's on the Clinton Foundation payroll.
As for the moron comment, by implication the multi millionaire Springsteen is questioning the intelligence of those who might vote for a moron. Just like folks like Keira reckon we are thick for voting for Brexit....
PS. The song below by Bruce still makes it into my top 50 all time play list. I don't agree with Bruce's solutions to the problems of de-industrialisation and the impoverishment of the rust belt working classes it describes. My solution is capitalism and Trump. His solution, a bigger State, is no solution. I love the music of Bruce but that is not going to make me follow him in backing yet another Dem loser for President.
975 days ago
Channel 4 News anchorman Jon Snow had the pleasure last night of interviewing a man who is not really a household name even in his own household, that is to say Tim Farron the leader of the Liberal Democrats. Farron was both inconsistent and uninspiring but it was Snow who made the real spectacle of himself, showing sneering contempt for seventeen million of his fellow citizens.
Despite the party name the Lib Dems are not big on democracy when the people annoyingly choose to vote the "wrong way". So they want another referendum on Brexit and even if that goes the "wrong way" they will carry on campaigning for us to rejoin the EU anyway. Snow is not a great admirer of referenda. He wants the Westminster political and media elite to chat among themselves to ensure that decision making is left to those who understand the real issues. And thus, in between farron droning on about this and that, the millionaire media darling Snow opined:
"surely the lesson of the referendum was that it was too complex a question to ask?"
Er..... no... Jon it was very simple. Do you want Britain to be in or out of the EU? That was it. You do not need to live in luxury in North London and work at the heart of the liberal media establishment to get it. We all understood the question very easily thank you.
Not only did folks understood the question but the polls since our Independence day show that more of those who voted to leave are happy they did the right thing than those who, like Snow, voted to stay. What Snow is really saying is that those who voted to leave ( i.e. the majority of us) can only have done so because they were too stupid to understand the complex and compelling reasons that the bien pensants, like Snow, had for staying. You know: things like avoiding World War Three, not making ISIS happy, not seeing interest rates surge while the stockmarket and house prices plunged and not seeing Britain getting thrown out of Eurovision.
52% of us simply did not get those arguments Jon so I guess we must be stupid. It is very good of you not to mention that we must also be xenophobic and racist as well you patronising liberal elitist bastard.
977 days ago
Tabloid rag for lefties, the i, makes little secret of the fact that, like most of the liberal media, it backs crooked Hillary Clinton to beat Donald Trump. And naturally that means that it needs to spin for the old witch in its headlines and its articles. You may remember that Hillary had to stop campaigning last Sunday after her doctors said she had pneumonia. That was two hours after Hillary said she was absolutely fine with nothing wrong with her at all. Which was two hours after she collapsed but - oddly for a pneumonia patient - was kept away from hospital but encouraged to do photo opps with little kids instead. Confused? Like most Americans I know the Hillary narrative is horseshit. But back to the i.
You can guess its political leanings by the way that its business quote of the day in the Friday edition came from that well known entrepreneur and flag bearer for the private sector, Mr Jeremy Corbyn. Elsewhere it reported on the US election with the headline "Clinton joins "overweight" trump back on the trail."
Of course Trump never left the trail. His health is not an issue. Sure he carries a few extra pounds but he does not go around collapsing or having huge coughing fits. The only one who had to quit the trail for a few days was Hillary and it is her health that, whatever the liberal media says, is very much the issue. Well that and also the lies 99% of Americans outside Hollywood and the Beltway reckon she told to cover up her health issues.
But the i headline seems to imply that it is the Donald who has the problem. Whatever. Reporter Julie Pace buys into the pneumonia line without question and then asserts that the episode has "revived questions about the transparency of " both candidates about their health. So the 9/11 collapse by Hillary while the Donald looked on without breaking a sweat, was equally bad for both campaigns? What planet is Ms Pace living on?
The report ends with claims by Oxford Economics that a Trump win would cause US economic output to fall by $1 trillion by 2021. Yadda, yadda, yadda. Another liberal "expert". Anyone quizzed Oxford Economics about its Brexit predictions ( £21.1 billion of business investment lost by 2021, GDP 3.9% smaller by 2030) yet? Nope.
Those forecasts were bollocks as well and we ignorant peasants in the UK ignored them on June 23 just as most Americans will, on November 8, ignore the dire warnings about Trump from liberal "experts" with a proven track record of getting it wrong. But Julie does not bother noting how Oxford Economics is a hot bed of liberal bias that, history shows, could not forecast the best way to tie a shoe lace, instead she just quotes it as a "leading forecast company".
I wonder do even Julie Pace and the staff at the i believe the horeshit Julie writes?
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984 days ago
We told you so! So shout the "Remainers", leaving the EU was always going to make life worse say folks such as my utterly misguided father. Thus we are told today that the EU is thinking of introducing US style visas and that, post Brexit whenever that is, we in Britain may need to cough up a few quid should we want to travel into the Evil Empire.
The scheme will work a bit like the US ESTA scheme and the EU says that it will tackle terrorism. Like hell it will. Most of the Islamofascists who want to murder folks within the EU are there already. And is the EU suggesting that anyone washing up on the shores of Italy and Greece without an EU-ESTA will be sent back at once? Er...no. We know already that some of those folks actually are terrorists but this proposal will not stop them. It will not make the EU one iota more safe.
Instead it will impose a cost of both time and money on Brits travelling to Europe. This is the sort of petty vindictiveness we might have expected from the EU. But it will be so utterly counter productive.
Firstly such Visa schemes are not self funding. As such it will impose an additional cost of EU taxpayers which will not make Europe any better off. Secondly for countries in Southern Europe where holidays are targeted at the "budget" level this will, in percentage terms, make a noticeable different to the bill for British tourists.
I fill in an ESTA online with no problem, many folks of my father's generation or in lower income groups may struggle. So that means fewer British tourists heading to Spain, Portugal, Bulgaria and Greece. I bet they will be delighted.
Today's news makes the case for Brexit even stronger. Do you really want to be part of a club which takes decisions that will make its people worse off just out a sense of malice? Me neither. we are so much better off out.
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I have noted before how my father's father, Sir John Winnifrith, was a spokesman for No in the 1975 Referendum but his son is cut from a different cloth. Like nearly all of my family, my Dad is a Guardian reading, money tree worshipping, deluded lefty enjoying a prosperous retirement thanks to a wholly unjustifiable public sector pension. And thus on June 23rd he voted remain and has now written a poem on Brexit. Its a good poem if almost entirely composed with lies and half truths.
Get over it Dad. I love you dearly but the great unwashed have spoken and stuck two fingers up to the establishment and the State funded classes - that is to say to folks like you. We, the people, won! Anyhow, notwithstanding that it is a good poem and so here goes.
So Brexit now means Brexit,
But what does Brexit mean?
Mrs May may know the way,
But it's not a way we've seen.
Aussie rules are made by fools
and won't keep Poles away.
Japs and Chinks and Yankies
Will want their say on pay.
Boris on his battle bus
laid down some loathsome lies.
Gormless Gove when beardless
Makes bearded Gove seem wise.
David Davis deals in deals
On details he's less clear.
Leavers keft in limbo
Now long for Project Fear.
1001 days ago
I remember my daughter remarking how wonderful the poisonous midget Nicola Sturgeon of the SNP was a couple of years ago, for there was a time when on both sides of the border this silly woman appeared to be the darling of the left, of the liberal media and the metropolitan bien pensants. Since my daughter lives in Islington, I expect midget worshipping was almost compulsory for her. But how the Sturgeon devotees must be recanting for as every day goes by the Scottish leader seems sillier and more disingeneous.
Data came out this week showing that Scotland is running a budget deficit of £15 billion. Last year it spent £68.6 billion, not all of it wisely, but brought in revenues of just £53.7 billion. Some of the gap is down to oil revenues collapsing by 97% as the oil price tanked but that explains only a portion of the shortfall.
Of course all of the UK runs a budget deficit. But the Scottish deficit equates to 9% of its GDP, the UK deficit is half of that. Successive British leaders - including Cameron, May, Brown and Blair have been happy to grant ever greater largesse to the folks in the Greece of the North to bribe them not to opt for independence. But all that is doing is racking up an ever greater debt for the UK and it is England & Wales which disproportionately will be servicing that debt. Why should taxpayers south of Hardrian's wall continue to subsidise the welfare junkies North of the Wall?
Sadly English Independence is not on the agenda but Nicola Sturgeon thinks that Scottish Independence might be. Scotland's deficit to GDP ratio would be highest in the EU, yes even greater than that managed by the Scotland of the South, the mighty Hellenic Republic. What on earth makes the midget Sturgeon think that the EU would welcome a basket case like Scotland? It has more than enough basket cases of its own already. And who does Sturgeon think will fund her deficit going forward once the English sugar daddy disappears? Naturally, Sturgeon, like nearly all Scots, believes in the Money Tree.
Having claimed that Scotland would be the 14th richest country on earth post independence when confronted with the facts that demonstrate that it might just be the 14th richest country in West Africa Sturgeon moves from lies to demonstrating madness and ignorance. The biggest problem Scotland faces she say is not the fact that it makes Rwanda look like a model of fiscal excellence but Brexit. The midget says, relying on Dodgy Dave Cameron's dodgy dossier, that leaving the EU will make Scotland £11 billion worse off.
That Dodgy Dave derived stat related to his - made up - estimate of the effect of a lower growth in GDP out to 2030 divided by population. Not only was this made up "fact" just nonsense but as anyone with a grade D in GCSE Economics knows GDP data in 2030 is not the same as a budget deficit in 2016. In claiming the two as the same lyin' Nicola shows her ignorance. In ignoring the dire state of Scottish finances yet still campaigning for Independence she shows herself to be mad.
As an English taxpayer I wish the mad, lying and ignorant little midget the best of luck. The sooner she leads her nation of bleating welfare addicted scroungers off to fuck off to enjoy economic destitution and full independence the better.
1001 days ago
Nearly every conservative on this planet is rooting for Donald Trump against Crooked Hillary this autumn. Those of us who loathe the self proclaimed elite, the establishment of big business, the liberal media, the career politicians, Goldman Sachs and Monsanto, the crony capitalists, the bailout junkies are even more likely to back Trump...after all just look where Clinton's funding comes from. And thus as a conservative who rails against the establishment it is no shock that Nigel Farage of UKIP is backing The Donald and turned up at a rally last night. What was even more predictable were the social media whinings of the liberal whingers.
There were the patronising tweets because as we know folks only vote for Brexit or Trump if they are thick. Smart folks backed Remain and back Crooked Hillary. So when Farage talked of Americans getting their own independence back on November 8 his pun on the Brexit vote was a clear indication that the yanks will only enjoy true liberty when they reject the era of establishment diktat. But instead the liberals laughed at how Farage had not realised that the USA got its Independence back in 1776. Boy these conservatives are just so thick are they not?
Predictably folks noted that there were few black faces in the hall. Okay Trump is likely to outscore Republican candidates going back at least 30 years if not 56 years among black voters this fall but that means nothing. The liberal tweeters concluded that Farage and Trump are racists who stick together. Heck everyone knows that all racists voted for Brexit the only question is whether all Brexit voters/Trump backers are racist?
There is talk of how Farage lied ( like Hillary never would) to FORCE Brexit down the throats of Britain. Surely that should be both sides told some untruths but folks in the UK opted to voted Brexit? But a liberal cannot accept that folks would vote "the wrong way" through choice. We conservatives are by definition too stupid to arrive at a rational decision after thinking an issue through.
And so it went on and on.But at least the liberals know that Crooked Hillary will win just as they knew Remain would win on June 23. For the liberal millennials on social media just don't know any Brexiteers/folks who live in the flyover states/ Conservative voters/folks from Dixie. working class folks or Trump backers. In their world folks like Trump or Farage stand no chance.
In the real world it is a bit different as the media elite, spoilt millenial brats and social media morons discovered to their cost on Juhne 23 in the UK and will discover to their cost on November 8 in the USA.
1002 days ago
You would have thought that leaders of the failing Evil Empire would have reacted to Brexit and the surge in support for anti EU parties across the continent by at least pretending to listen to the people of Europe. Surely a few cliches about "we must listen" would have been standard spin. But the EU really does not care.
And thus the leaders of Germany, Italy and France have just met out to map out the way forward. Heck, no need to invite the 24 smaller nations. the great Axis powers and Vichy France will make the decisions and the puppet rulers of the Lebensraum nations will just do what they are told. The trio met up on some Italian island where the founding fathers of the EU had also met to map out their dream and Europe's nightmare. The symbolism was clear, the EU is not listening. And so the answer that the EU's heavy hitters came up to growing popular discontent was more integration. The leaders are not listening to the little people it is full steam ahead.
As if to make that point even more clear, EU boss Mr Juncker opined, in a rare moment of sobriety, that the worst invention ever was national borders. As countries across the EU start to take the view that open borders are bad news when it comes to controlling illegal immigrants and terrorists and so so in the face of a massive groundswell of popular opinion, Juncker says we must head in the opposite direction.
Of course it is not the wel guarded elite who get killed by ISIS and it is not the very well paid elite that suffer downward wage pressure as a result of migration. Being blown up or taking a pay cut, that is for little people.
The EU elite say that opposition to the Evil Empire is lead by deranged right wingers like Madame Le Pen. What they fail to understand is that so many folks are so revolted by the EU that they are forced to follow Madame Le Pen and her ilk. That is because the mainstream political elite, especially on the left, are - like Goldman Sachs, the other banksters and big business, travelling first class on the Express Train to more integration and a more powerful super state.
The ordinary folk of Europe have been abandoned by a political elite who once again have made it clear that they just do not care. Pensioners in Greece living in 9 Euro a day? Spanish youth unemployment at 65%? Another terror attack by a French National last night? Portuguese and Italian banks one inch from failing? The Euro elite think there is just no problem. There is. And that is why the UK will not be the last nation to decide that it is better off out.
1016 days ago
When the Mrs and I are away her cousin, Johnny the Junior Doctor, looks after our cat Oakley. Being a greedy junior doctor Johnny is awash with cash and thus, rashly bet me a pint of beer that we would vote against Brexit. Fair dues, Johnny popped by yesterday to pay up. His next gig is going to be in the Shetland Islands and when up there the other day he bought me a bottle of the Northernmost brewed beer in the UK. Valhalla beer tastes like an ash tray but after almost six months off the weed that brought back happy memories.
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Yesterday's news was all about how the Metropolitan Police is dressing up more and more of its officers to look like RoboCop to keep us all safe. Remind me, what was the name of that Brazilian chappie the Met shot dead for no good reason? If you trust the State you would have been reassured until about 10.30 PM when reports came in of a stabbing in Russell Square in the heart of the capital: 1 dead, five injured.
The fuzz tazered a man and by 2.30 AM a Met spokesman was on camera saying that while the anti terrorist unit were involved the clear steer was that the killer had mental health issues. Jeepers after just four hours they knew that, how impressive. But they still, and it is now 10.30 AM, do not know his name or his background. Or perhaps they are not releasing those facts.
I wonder why that is? This is not the way that the Police will make me trust them any more than I do now. The people of Britain are not complete idiots and will not respond to the Met's PR spin after this latest attack in the summer of hate.
Meanwhile the liberal media is going gangbusters with the mental health issue narrative despite not being told the killer's name or background. All of a sudden perennial Police bashers just trust the fuzz. We saw the same game play out in Ansbach and Nice. We know what happened next.
But when Jo Cox MP was murdered a week before the EU referendum, though it was clear that the killer was utterly nutso and had a long history of illness, the same liberal media dubbed him a "Brexit killer" and blamed everyone from Nigel Farage to Priti Patel for his crime. Odd that, is it not? And the media establishment wonder why ordinary Britons see them as part of the problem not the solution.
1023 days ago
The way that the middle class elite in the Labour Party views the way ordinary Britons, including millions of Labour voters, feel is demonstrated explicitly in an email just sent by senior MEP Clare Moody to party members tonight. Quite simply Ms Moody hates democracy when ordinary folks vote the wrong way.
Ms Moody writes:
It has now been a while since the referendum and I have been slowly working through the hundreds of letters from constituents in response to the result and asking what impact Brexit will have on their lives.
This is certainly not the result that we as the Labour Party wanted or campaigned for. I want to thank all of you that put in countless hours out on the doorstep, leafleting and on street stalls; campaigning to remain in the EU.
The Leave campaign was fought on the basis of a series of untruths and, consequently, the mandate from the result was unclear.
er... so because Clare says Leave told untruths and that Remain told truths (like an increased danger of WW3 or that interest rates would rocket at once?) the mandate is "unclear". Bollocks. The mandate was explicit. By 52% to 48% in the biggest poll in the history of the UK we voted to leave the EU.
For Clare to argue otherwise because she(a Remainer) reckons her side told the truth and the others did not sends the message again that the elite do not think that we plebs are bright enough to know what is best for us. It is this sort of patronising tosh that encouraged many folk to vote for Brexit and that is seeing surging support for non- establishment candidates across the world from the loathsome Le Pen in France to The Donald in the USA.
I suppose in that vein we should not discourage Clare from keeping up her good work.
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The poisonous midget and Jimmy Krankie lookalike Nicola Sturgeon is, this morning, spitting out her porridge as a poll shows that post Brexit most Scots want to stay part of the UK. Bugger. I was so much looking forward to the midget leading her nation of whinging welfare junkies to glorious independence. I am, perhaps, even more gutted than Jimmy Krankie by this news.
Like all humourless lefties, the Sturgeon view of referenda is that they are great. Either folks vote the right way or you just have another one later until they vote the right way. In the end the sans culottes will do what the establishment tells them to do. And the Scottish establishment is, these days, united in its belief in an independent Scotland spending as much as it can with funds picked from the branches of the Money Tree.
Sadly, in the poll out today which goes against everything the media establishment has told us, 53% of Scots now oppose independence and given the choice of being in a UK outside the EU or a Scotland in it, 55% of Scots would rather back the Act of Union than the European Union. As such it seems that we will have to carry on with the status quo of England and Wales subsidising a nation where 88% of adults are net takers from the state and where the national pastimes are welfare addiction , heroin addiction, moaning about the English and supporting Germany or Argentina when they play England at any sport.
Forever, some of my taxes will go on ensuring that Scottish welfare addicts get to have extra helping of deep fried Mars bars for breakfast and spending on an NHS which easily outpaces that in England. I am gutted. I thought Brexit was a win win. It was fuck off Brussels and fuck off Scotland too but it seems that the peasants North of the Border now twig what an economic disaster that would be for them.
Bugger. And bugger again. I don't suppose there is any chance of a referendum in England on whether we might get our independence and tell the smelly socks where to stick it?
1029 days ago
Every morning at around 6 AM I hear a sound at the front door, here at my father's house in Shipston, as a little man pushes a copy of the Guardian through the letter box. My father can hear the same sound from upstairs and emits a grunt of approval and prepares to start his day with a mug of coffee prepared by me and a dose of poisonous lies from Polly Toynbee and her mates. The paper is written by middle class lefties who are filled with hate for so many things but mainly the value set of the working classes a group they claim to support but clearly despise and just never meet. Each day there is stiff competition for the nastiest and most inaccurate article. Monday's winner on both counts was a classic from Joris Luyendijk "After Brexit, a game plan for the EU, unleash Project Pain"
Joris wants the EU to be as horrible to Britain as possible, to make the lives of British people as miserable as possible to "stop other arsonists and help reinvest British democracy". On the off chance that the EU could trainwreck our economy it would not be middle class lefties like Joris who suffer but the poor and vulnerable. But so what? Lefties do not really care for the sans culottes, they just pretend to care about what is their "client state". The poor are cannon fodder for Joris and co. The point here is that the British need to "reinvent democracy" because Joris does not like the result of the largest democratic exercise in our history. And any other nation in the EU tempted to allow its own people to decide their own futures must be deterred. Democratic expression of the will of other peoples in Europe is arson if it endangers that anti-democratic edifice, worshipped by the Guardian, the EU.
Joris reckons the EU owes the UK no favours. He lists the nasty things we have done to the EU. The most laughable of these is "when France was trying to reduce inequality by increasing taxes on the rich and the UK Government sadistically rolled out the carpet for French millionaires". Jeepers where do you start?
France hiked the top tax rate to 75% in order to punish the rich. President Hollande, like Joris and other mad lefties, thinks that this reduces the gap between rich and poor which is a policy goal in its own right. We on the right care not a jot about that gap we just want the poor to be less poor in absolute terms. That is why we are actually the friend of the poor and Joris and his Guardian pals are not. Britain did nothing sadistic in response but hundreds of thousands of Froggies, many of whom were not millionaires but just hard working and well off, used EU freedom of movement rules to move to London to pay 45% tax. It was a nil brainer.
In today's world many of us can opt to work where we want, register our companies where we want and if one country whacks us with punitive taxes it will see an exodus. Post Brexit the UK will continue to welcome hard working Froggies who want to live here and pay 45% tax not 75%. Naturally France saw its tax take from the 75% class plunge and so its State finances weakened. Meanwhile those rich Froggies were spending their ( enhanced) post tax earnings in London not Paris so the French economy weakened. The big losers from Hollande's madness were thus in every way the French poor. The big winners the British poor. C'est la vie.
How is Joris going to trash the British economy? He says "it must become nearly impossible for multinationals from outside the EU to have their European HQs in Britain". Hmmm so Joris is going to force them to relocate to higher tax zones. How? It gets better. He wants the EU to sink the UK economy by getting EU universities to offer much higher wages so that British academics flock to abandon UK universities and to work overseas. Joris wants to stuff the workers of the EU with higher taxes so that middle class Guardian reading Brits can trouser it big time. One suspects that having a few less tossers filling the heads of British young people with daft left wing ideology will not exactly kill off UK PLC. Since when were the campuses a hot bed of entrepreneurial talent anyway? Meanwhile in EU land it will just see the workers even more pissed off at their masters.
More taxes for the workers so that University Lecturers can have more money. I guess that is how Owen Smith thinks Labour can reconnect with the working classes so Joris is not the only delusional lefty on this score.
The plans of Joris wont wreck Britain. They are silly. His arguments and assertions are nonsense driven by hate. But what he appears to hate the most is democracy, the idea that ordinary, smelly, white van driving men and women across the EU ( whose views, aspirations and wants he despises) are sick of the rubbish that folks like him and the EU law-makers have forced upon them and are now daring to say "no" via the ballot box.
1030 days ago
Barely a day goes by without the biased BBC serving up another reason to scrap the regressive poll tax that is the license fee. Yesterday it was its dire coverage of the Islamofascist butchers of ISIS. Today it is that old chestnut Brexit, you know that referendum where the sans culottes told the establishment and the liberal media where to stick it. The BBC is not listening. So GlaxoSmithKline has today announced it is investing £275 million in Britain creating thousands of jobs. Great news. er... The BBC tweeted this.
The words in quote marks are from the drugs giant. The words that follow are BBC editorial spin. This is Orwellian hogwash that we have to pay for. Another day, another reason to scrap the license fee.
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When poor Jo Cox, the late Labour MP for somewhere Grim in the North was murdered the British Liberal media did their utomost to pin the ghastly crime to the Brexit campaign. So what if the killer had spent ages in an asylum was on medication and called social services in a right old state the day before? That did not matter. Not once was the phrase "lone wolf" used. If the liberals could not link him directly to Brexit it was enough to find a few posters erected several hundred miles away by UKIP and Leave or a few harsh words from Boris Johnson and claim these "turned the poor chap".
Wind forward to the Nice attack which killed 84 folks and the liberal media could not allow itself to consider that the Islamofascists of ISIS were somehow involved and so the BBC really tried, as per normal, to ban the M word. There is more chance of Alan Partridge or Delia Smith being named by the BBC for the attack on the airbase in Norfolk this week than of it using the M word in connection with the assault.
But the first stage of denial is to imply it might have been an accident. Nothing to do with terrorism at all - as we saw HERE
Stage two is to suggest that the guy had mental issues. That of course is no excuse if you are killing a Labour MP. However crazy you are, you only kill lefties if you are incited to do so by Nigel Frage standing in front of a poster 300 miles away. But Islamists who are crazy are just crazy all by themselves. Move along now don't ask any questions.
Stage three is to suggest that the killer is a lone wolf. Please note that white Christians who kill Labour MPs cannot be a lone wolf. They must be connected to right wingers especially if they themselves are not actually right wing. But Moslem killers or black guys who kill cops in America are, in liberal eyes, likely to be acting alone. Okay they watched loads of videos from ISIS on the Internet or posted support of BlackLivesMatter and videos saying cops should be killed but they are always lone wolves. One bad apple does not ruin the orchard and all that.
Stage four is to point out who are the real victims. Obviously they are not French Christian folks or cops in America. Nope the tears are being shed in Mosques not Churches says gushing Lucy Williamson on the BBC, HERE.
Stage five. Now this is getting tricky, the "lone wolf" in Nice watched jihadist videos and was working with five other Moslems. If it is in America it would be easy, just blame it on the availability of guns which is all the fault of the Republicans and Donald Trump. What? The killer used a Lorry or an axe? Er well blame it on Trump anyway. In Europe well naturally it is Brexit campaigners who stirred up racial tensions. Yes that is it, let's blame Priti Patel and Gisela Stuart for Nice.
Its so simple this reporting game when you work for the BBC or C4 News. And the people really believe every word the media spouts don't they?
1035 days ago
In days gone by it was perfectly respectable to be a Eurosceptic and a lefty. Great socialists such as Tony Benn, Peter Shore and Barbara Castle lead the battle to get out of the EU in 1975. But gradually most on the left have abandoned that position. That they have done so while working people and the old, young and sick across Europe have been screwed by the EU might be rather surprising.
And thus while Greek Pensioners have to live on £9 a day, find hospitals starved of drugs and while employment in Greece among Greek youngsters is sub 15%, the left generally stands shoulder to shoulder with the banksters at Goldman Sachs, the CBI and the media elite in support of the EU. How odd. In Britain, immigration holds down wage rates for the working poor so is a tax on the less well off while reducing the cost for the rich of hiring cleaners, plumbers and of dining out. The EU works as a tax on the poor to benefit the rich.
Yet for liberals like film maker Inigo Gilmore a long time contributor to the Guardian and Channel 4 News it is an article of faith that only those on the far right are Eurosceptic. And thus Inigo ran a film on Channel 4 this week making that point.
Among the far right MEPs at Brussels there are some fruitcakes. The German who thought Hitler was a great statesman, the Pole who seem to think war was a normal part of life were odd. Although they were made odder by the Gilmore spin. Thus the Pole was described as "wanting war" which is clearly not what he wanted at all. But Gilmore did show that among the far right of MEPs there were a good few fascists and fruitcakes who applauded Brexit. I could, of course, find a good few "Remainers" with odd views. Islamic hate-preacher and ISIS supporter Anjem Choudary was a keen Remainer for instance.
But whilst I would not make the philosophical leap of saying "some Remainers support chucking gays off high buildings so Remainers are usually homophobes" Mr Gilmore seems to think that he can demonstrate " some supporters of Brexit are fascists therefore Brexiteers tend to be right wing extremists".
Gilmore cannot make that leap at all. He strengthened his case by bringing in Churchill " the dream of Churchill was of a Europe of peace and prosperity". Well we would all like that. It is a shame that the EU's crackpot socialist economic policies make such a dream unattainable. The implication, of course, is that Churchill, a moderate right winger would have supported the EU. There is much evidence is that he would have not and at best the question is a matter of debate. But Gilmore slips in the assertion so that we do not really question it.
The reality is that working folk across Europe feel that the EU is for the few, the banksters, big businesses, the political and media elite it is not for Joe or Josephine Public. And it is not. The popular mood not just in Britain but across the EU is increasingly hostile to the Evil Empire but that does not mean that Europe is shifting to the right. In Greece Eurocsepticism found an outlet in a left wing party, Syriza, before its leaders sold the people out in order to maintain the trappings of power.
An angry people could vote left if only the leaders of the left were not now almost entirely in bed with the banksters and their media patsies like Indigo defending the Status Quo
1035 days ago
Some free speech denying moron has decided to shut me down by signing me up to receive, by email, every press release issued by dozens of local councils and quangos across the UK. Oddly I am grateful. It is actually rather illuminating to see just how local authorities deprived of cash by the evil Tories find so many ways to spunk their budget on utter piffle. And so on July 13th I discovered that Coventry City Council was united against racism. Well I never. A Labour run Council opposes Xenophobia. Wow.
Before we go on...in the year ended April 2015, the 46 members of Coverntry City Council cost the greateful folks of slum City £928,852.04 in allowances and expenses. But they are clearly working hard in way that really improves the City. So the release - crafted by an expensive PR officer states:
Coventry city councillors have united in the Council Chamber in a vow to work with partners to fight racism and xenophobia in the city. There was unanimous support for a strongly worded statement debated by councillors at yesterday’s Full Council meeting condemning racism, xenophobia and hate crimes in Coventry.
Coventry City Council Leader, Cllr George Duggins, said: “The Council spoke as one on this issue and the debate was one of the most powerful and important many of us have ever experienced in the Council Chamber.
Hmmm. What is a debate? In Coventry it appears to be person after person standing up to agree with each other as they are "united". Debates at Coventry City Council must be like debates at the North Korean Peoples Assembly. Not exactly confrontational.
I am delighted that no Councillor in Coventry stood up to speak in favour of racism, xenophobia and hate crimes but not exactly surprised It would be really hard to find anyone in Britain in favour of such a motion unless, of course, one was polling Labour activists and the hate crimes in question were against the wicked Jews.
Natch, the debate was prompted by those nasty racists who voted for Brexit. Council leader Comrade Duggins opined
"Like many other people I have been alarmed by the reports of an increase in hate crimes across the country since the referendum...I believe it’s really important that as politicians we stand as one and tell the world that Coventry does not tolerate racism, hate crime or xenophobia.
Hmmmm. Reports eh? So no hard empirical evidence just what Comrade councillor read in the Guardian that morning, more anecdotal evidence.
And is it "really important" that half-witted expenses grubbing councillors in Coventry waste taxpayers money on a debate where they all agree with each other and then publicise the fact? Does that make Coventry less racist? Does it improve life in Coventry at all? Why do the political class think we care what they think or think that what they deem important is what we deem important?
Surely the real message of Brexit is that more and more of us hate the lot of them. By them I mean politicians not immigrants.
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Leading Labour MP Chris Bryant, famed for posting pictures of himself in his Y Fronts on the internet touting for gay sex, knows why there was a coup in Turkey...it was all because of Brexit. It is a silly smear from a man who obviously does not know anything about history.
The modern Turkish state founded by Kemal Ataturk and others in 1923 has long seen an internal divide between those believing in secularism and democracy like Ataturk and those who wanted a more Islamist state. Ataturk was a soldier and over the past 93 years the army has been very much on the side of the secularists and progressives, frequently intervening in defence of a more liberal state.
There are those in the West who are lamenting this coup against the regime of the elected, but loathsome, Erdogan, Dodgy Dave's fascist pal. Erdogan's regime has restricted press freedom, curtailed the rights of women and gays, behaved appallingly to the Kurds, arguably committing war crimes, and has attempted to gag a free press as it moves to a less democratic Islamist state.
Hitler was elected in the same way that the Erdogan regime won at the polls. Both regimes then behaved in ways that merited their removal and I would view the actions of the Turkish military not only as utterly laudable but also as being within a long century old tradition of taking action to stop politicians from steering Turkey "off course".
This morning the coup appears to have failed and President Erdogan is promising to deal with the plotters in the most severe of ways. I am afraid we know what that means. The twisted liberal mind of Mr Bryant may welcome this outcome. As someone who does not buy into state organised executions, torture, militant islam, gay bashing, denying women's rights, gagging the press and killing Kurds I am rather less enthusiastic than Bryant about the outcome.
What is abundantly clear is that this coup is a very Turkish affair. It is the fourth such coup in sixty years and anyone who has studied the first years of the Republic for even a few minutes will know that it fits in entirely with a country specific narrative.
Mr Bryant's Brexit smear is just so silly that it does beg the question that if he is seen as a one of the more talented and thoughtful figures among Labour parliamentarians, just how stupid and talentless is "the field?"
For the twisted liberal mind, facts should not get in the way of an opportunity to smear. The only real surprise is that no-one in the liberal media has yet managed to pin the coup on Donald Trump.
1043 days ago
Somehow I managed to work out how to tune my father's TV onto the BBC News Channel. Newsnight had been too busy bashing the Tories to give more than a brief mention to a story that broke before it went on air and which now leaves almost 80 people lying dead in France. Sof dozens of dead froggies, lets remind ourselves again how across the world liberal media pundits think Boris Johnson is frightful. The interweb was miles ahead of the Beeb's flagship show once again but over on the news channel there was now full coverage.
I went to sleep at 1.30 AM by which time the BBC had at least accepted that it was not an accident ( circa midnight) and was most definitely a terrorist attack. Jeepers you don't say. One Belgian terrorism expert had stated the bleeding obvious that it was an attack by ISIS but the BBC itself was making no such claims instead insisting that we have no idea who was responsible.
Hmmm. The wicked Jews? a crazed member of the American Religious Right inspired by Donald Trump and assisted by US gun laws? Boris Johnson and some Brexit whacko? We know who the BBC must have wanted it to be and I am sure some liberals will find some way of linking in the parties named above and blaming them in some way. But surely even round at Pravda they must have known at once that the killers were from the self styled "Religion of Peace".
The statement "the vast majority of Moslems are nothing to do with acts of mass terror committed in the World today but the vast majority of acts of mass terror committed in the world today are by Moslems" is a statement of fact. It is simply the truth and in stating it one does not become anti Moslem one just shows that you can accept the sad reality that a tiny percentage of Moslems are following a twisted bastardised form of their religion which would horrify Muhammad and involves wholesale butchery of the innocents.
But it is a statement that folks round at the BBC or the Guardian cannot accept as being true because in some crazy way they think it makes them sound racist. And that can make the news coverage that the liberal left serves up just toe curlingly inadequate and embarrassing. Re-running interviews with a chap who happened to be near the scene which really were not that interesting the first time let alone on the the fifth take or showing the same video footage eight times as if it was fresh each time, is no substitute for analysis which is prepared to accept an inevitable truth.
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There is much commentary in the USA about the revulsion that so many folks feel for the three intertwined pillars of the status quo of the establishment: the political class, the big businessmen who fund/buy that class and the media pundits who take the political/business spin without question. I would perhaps add a fourth pillar, the banksters, but perhaps they are rolled into business fat cats. The massive distrust and resentment of these people seems to be evident across the West. That Americans may well vote for Donald Trump who is, shall we say, not exactly the new Abraham Lincoln, is a sign of this, Brexit was another as is the rise of the frightful Marine Le Pen in France.
And so we come to the coronation of Theresa May as Britain's new Prime Minister. And it was a coronation. There was not vote of party members she was picked as a result of Tory MPs voting. One might accept that she was the only sane choice as the other candidates were tainted by the stench of treachery (Gove), hypocrisy and jiggy wiggy issues (Crabb), plain stupidity and honesty issues (Loathsome) or just being seen as a perennial no hoper (Fox). But none the less her appointment is not a great day for democracy. It will be seen as another Westminster stitch up. And it was.
The media reported on high drama. with the selection of another Oxbridge financier as our new PM and then of a cabinet reshuffle with one public school educated Oxbridge person with zero real life experience swapping jobs with another from the same background. With one or two exceptions to this ( David Davis) nothing really changed. May's silly words about a new direction were either non-sensical or just plain old clap trap. But the media pundits loved it and spun it as a move this way or that.
This weekend in the more fashionable parts of London those same media pundits, the spinners and the political classes and their bankster pals will mingle at parties and will still be chatting about nothing other than the Westminster drama before returning to their seven figure valued residences. As they contemplate their secure six figure salaries they look forward to the Bank of England cutting rates again to keep the asset bubble going. Perhaps Theresa May really does think that a housing and bond/stockmarket bubble is the same as real Wealth creation and that somehow her magic wand can make the bubble be shared out in a way that helps those on the other side of the tracks, folks in the North or who don't own such assets? If she does she is kidding herself. The country is not fooled.
For all the media spin about how post Brexit this country has become racist hotbed where EU citizens are terrified to stay, the reality is that migrants continue to come to the UK every day notwithstanding all those vain pledges by the last Home Secretary, Mrs T May, to curtail the flow. It is hard to see her replacement, the posh dimwitted and poisonous Amber Rudd, promoted as a triumph of gender over inability, making the situation any better.
The pissed off folks of Britain who mistrust every word that class status quo says; who experience some of the downside issues of immigration such as wage pressure and reduced access to healthcare provision but none of the many upsides and, above all, who have not shared in the asset bubble view life in the Westminster bubble rather differently.
Outside the world of the status quo there may be some who will give Mrs May a chance, who buy into the media spin for now. But their patience will not take long to snap. Most of those who were angry on June 23rd are still angry and with good reason. They see that nothing has changed and nothing will.
The "insurgency" of those left out from the good times is a global phenomenon. Nothing has changed in the past week to suggest the UK has done anything to address this. When Laura Kuenssberg and her BBC colleagues talk of a divided nation their analysis is a simplistic one based on rich versus poor which does not look factor in asset bubbles, old fashioned left vs right as if those terms mean anything. The trouble is that the media pundits and mainstream outlets are in fact part of that divide, they sit firmly on one side of the barricades staring out at an angry mob they despise and fail to understand.
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Jeepers this is confusing: listening and watching Theresa May yesterday I was told that she has just become leader of the Conservative Party and will be our next Tory Prime Minister. So why was she sounding like a socialist but also a peddler of bogus religion? If this is the best the Tories can offer then, to quote a real Tory Margaret Thatcher, There IS No Alternative. TINA says it is time to quit and emigrate.
It is not that Mrs May is already speaking weasel words on Brexit. She states Brexit means Brexit but then waffles on about how we may have to accept certain things to get free trade. Mrs May we voted for full on Brexit, not Brexit light.
It was not the quasi evangelical clap trap about how "we will bring this country together": Rich and Poor, North & South, Men & Women, Black & White, Welshman & Sheep, etc, etc etc. Well thank you very much Mrs Oxbridge Educated May with your millionaire husband. Men and women are not divided and the other divides you mention are largely creations of the media bubble.
The real gap in this country is between the establishment, those in the political, media and big business elite with their pals the banksters and the rest of us. That is a gap Theresa cannot mention explicitly as she and her fellow Tory MPs are almost entirely on one side of that divide. At least Andrea Loathsome made a pretence of recognising this division.
Of course there is a comfortable middle class, mostly on a bloated state payroll. The value of their houses has gone up so they don't care but the rest of us are screwed. In yesterday's woeful analysis, May talked about how going forward she wanted to see increasing wealth and prosperity more equally divided. But she thinks mistakenly that there has been an increase in wealth since 2008. There has been an asset bubble which has benefitted the rich establishment big time and the middle class to a lesser extent but has left out vast swathes of society. And while public sector professionals have got decent pay rises - or bumper rewards for the greedy junior doctors - the working classes and lower classes have been screwed as there has not been any real wealth created by the private sector and what wealth has been created has not trickled down. May seems incapable of distinguishing between real wealth creation ( businesses making profits, hiring more, paying more out of profits not from borrowings) and asset bubbles.
And her solution? A new Government Industrial policy. In the old days Conservatives believed that the private sector created jobs and wealth but Theresa May seems to think the Government needs to meddle so we will now have workers on boards, restrictions on CEO pay, etc. It sounds just like Hollande's France and look how well that is working out for the Froggies.
Mrs May, here is a real Conservative:
Of course the loathsome bunch of overpaid parasites that are the Conservative Parliamentary Party lapped it up. Very few of them actually have real world experience and none of them live outside that bubble of the Westminster establishment. They all own property, assisted by taxpayer subsidy, so the asset bubble has been good news for them.
Mrs May's analysis was woeful and she offers no hope for Britain just platitudes. Its David Cameron with a skirt on. On the basis of yesterday's claptrap, the anger towards the establishment and figures such as Theresa May felt my large swathes of Britain who feel left out and cheated will only continue to grow.
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It looks very likely indeed that by tomorrow the post Brexit political pantomime will move on to Comrade Corbyn vs Blairite Kulak Angela Eagle in a battle to become the new leader of the Labour Party. The kulak MPs are backing Eagle but we loyal party members, including the massed battalions of my fellow exploited workers who joined with me last summer, appear to be standing firm with our man Jezza. But I admit that I am wavering.
You may say that Comrade Corbyn is certain to lead the People's Party to electoral catastrophe. And I am minded to agree. But during the referendum campaign, the Blairite poodle Ms Eagle distinguished herself with debate performances which were mean spirited, unpleasant and intellectually very weak indeed. She made the lamentable Amber Rudd seem line a Nobel prize winner and comrade Corbyn seem both Churchillian as an orator and also vaguely likeable.
Would you rather sit down for a pint with the beareded old loon droning on about his five year plan for tractor production or sit opposite Eagle scowling at you and just being nasty about everyone while quoting stats on affirmative action programmes? I honestly think I'd rather spend my time with the bearded old loon and I suspec t many ordinary voters would regard it something of a Hobson's choice but in the end agree with me.
And then what does Ms Eagle stand for? She was enthusaistic about Remain (Corbyn was not), very pro the illegal Iraq war (Corbyn was not) and cares deeply about metropolitan liberal issues such as sexuality and affirmative action for women. These may be important matters but they are not the prime concerns of what used to be termed the "core vote" and on Iraq/EU she is on a different side of the barricades to the core vote, Corbyn is not. Put bluntly, Eagle's chances of stopping Labour's core working class vote abandining it altogether are even more remote than those of Comrade Corbyn.
The gushing endorsement of the Blairite metropolitan elite for Ms Eagle tells you everything you need to know. She might just be the one person in Labour who would make it even less electable than Comrade Corbyn. Being well ahead of the game, I flagged this up some weeks ago and I am now genuinely torn. Should I remain on the barricades with my comrades to support Comrade Corbyn or should I consider a tactical switch to Ms Eagle?
Who dear readers do you regard as best placed to lead the People's Party forward to civil war and complete electoral oblivion? Both candidates seem incredibly well suited to the task a hand but which is just that bit more up to the job?
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It was Friday at noon and for some reason logistics had become muddled and my father and I were at a loose end. There was only one solution: the White Bear and two pints of cider. As we headed down Sheep Street with my father leaning on his strollator being overtaken by tortoises and little old ladies on their strollators, the old boy piped up with "Its Big Issue day, I can buy a copy off the Bulgarian lady."
About ten minutes later as we turned the corner into the main Square my father looked down to outside the Co-Op where the Bulgarian hassles passers by with a mildly intimidating sales pitch but the lady was nowhere to be seen. As a devoted son I offered a useful suggestion: "Don't worry Dad there is a drain over there just chuck three quid down it and you will be fine."
My father insisted that the Big Issue has a Sudoku which he finds a bit more challenging than that in the Guardian and it is this as well as his view that he is helping the poor and oppressed that prompts him to buy at ;least three issues a month. Not surprisingly the Bulgarian lady greets him warmly for he is her best patsy, ooops I meant customer.
The idea of the Big Issue is that folks without work sell it for a while so that they do not need to beg so they can feed themselves and get accommodation until they have a proper job. In that it is really laudable. But the Bulgarian lady has made a career of selling Big Issues to deluded lefties in South Warwickshire. For many years she has come to Shipston one day week and then spends at least a couple of days in Stratford - for I have seen her there outside M&S. I would assume she pursues her vocation in Alcester or somewhere else another day. She is good at it.
Selling the Big Issue earns this lady more than she could hope to earn even as a professional back home in Bulgaria. I do not blame her for making the carer change. But is this what the Big Issue was set up to achieve? And is this free movement of labour what those who opposed Brexit regard as a real benefit of our membership of the EU?
I tried to put those points to my father as we headed off to the White Bear and he mumbled something more about Sudoku and speculated that the poor woman had fled the country fearing the mass pogroms of Europeans, that the Guardian insinuates are planned by UKIP and Andrea Leadsom.
I left the pub earlier than my father as step brother T arrived for a pint. But I had to rush back quickly with good news from outside the Co-Op. The Bulgarian was back in action, she has yet to be burned out by vile racist Brexiteers as those on MarchforEurope threaten will happen. Good news Dad, you can show your solidarity with the Europeans: perhaps you might buy two Big Issues this week?
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I picked up yesterday on the fact that Andrea Leadsom views gay folks as different to straight folks in terms of their rights to suffer the miserty of marriage. So she is a social conservative which will chime with many Tory party members and I've no problem with her coming out in this respect. These days, some leading Tory seems to come out as something or other about once a week. What is nauseating about Leadsom is that she lies about this issue. She says she believes in equality and then smailes inanely. Yet her stated views make it clear that she does not believe in equality. In the world of Leadsom it is one rule for the shirt lifters and one rule for the rest of us. Time to smile inanely again Andrea.
My biggest problem with Leadsom is thus not that she is a bigot, although she is, but that she cannot tell the truth about her bigotry on the issue of the pooftahs. And in seeking to hide that she digs herself deeper and deeper into whichever hole she has stumbled.
And thus we now know that her CV about her banking career was quite simply not true. She exaggerated her claims about what she did. Yet in an infamous interview wih the Times yesterday we read:
After explaining that, as a former banker, she understands “how the economy works and can really focus on turning it around” — unlike, by implication, the home secretary.
Andrea Leadsom managed the recruitment of teams of banksters. She was a manager of people. Theresa May manages a far bigger team at the Home Office. Neither means that they understand finance so well they can turn round the economy. Leadsom was a banker in the same way that May is a Policewoman.
What arrogance of Leadsom to claim that she can turn round the economy, especially when her CV (truthful version) shows no reason to back up the claim of specialist knowledge. And anyhow did not the banksters sort of help to get us into the mess of 2008 in the first place?
Leadsom goes on: back to The Times:
— she stresses that she is a “member of a huge family and that’s important to me. My kids are a huge part of my life, my sisters and my two half brothers are very close so I am very grounded and normal.” Mrs May, of course, has spoken of her heartbreak at realising that she could not have children.
In case the contrast is not clear enough, Mrs Leadsom goes on: “I am sure Theresa will be really sad she doesn’t have children so I don’t want this to be ‘Andrea has children, Theresa hasn’t’ because I think that would be really horrible, but genuinely I feel that being a mum means you have a very real stake in the future of our country, a tangible stake. She possibly has nieces, nephews, lots of people, but I have children who are going to have children who will directly be a part of what happens next.” There is also an empathy that comes from motherhood, she suggests, “when you are thinking about the issues that other people have: you worry about your kids’ exam results, what direction their careers are taking, what we are going to eat on Sunday”.
This is loathsome. It is vile. It is beneath contempt. There is no evidence for Mrs Leadsom's claims. Lady Thatcher had (awful) kids and was a brilliant PM. Mrs Gandhi also had kids and was a total disaster for India in every way. There is no data set to support the Leadsom claims it is just horrible comment from a horrible woman who wishes to rebrand the Tories as the "nasty party" once again.
Leadsom has now taken to twitter saying she was misquoted. But, sadly for her, the transcript of the interview has emerged and she was not misquoted at all. Accusing respected journalists of making up quotes just marks Leadsom out as the sort of silly bint who would sex up her CV. Leadsom is not fit for high office or indeed to be an MP at all.
Again my over-riding problem with Leadsom is not that she is a nasty person ( though she is) but that she is not telling the truth. Again.
About the only thing that can be said for Leadsom is the arrogance and patronising piffle written about her by the lefty, "Remainer" liberal media elite. If folks like Simon Scharma loathe her maybe she is not so bad after all? Scharma's patronising comment of yesterday is below:
Isnt the real point that if she really cared abt her kids or anyone else's future Leadsom wouldnt have switched from proEU to Leave
That tweet was "liked" by hundreds of latte sipping London members of the comfortable affluent in crowd. They like patronising we thicko Brexiteers.
Gosh it is a tough contest to take sides on. Reading folks like Scharma, the Guardian Editorial Team and the most ghastly Tory in Britain, Amber Rudd MP tell us that it has to be May I think back about how the insurgents, including Leadson, won the vote on June 23rd. And May was on the other side with the establishment with folks like Scharma, ghastly Rudd, her brother Roland Rat and Polly Toynbee. The supporters of May drive me into the arms of Leadsom.
But on the other hand could I trust a woman who is happy to be so nasty, whose views on issues that I care about mark her out as a bigot and who above all - just seems, even by the standards of politicians, to have a real problem with just not telling the truth? The biggest reason to vote May, and it is becoming almost a compelling reason, is, quite simply, that the only alternative is Andrea Leadsom.
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This is self explanatory and very funny. Don't you despise the self righteous young people who #MarchforEurope ? If you do you will love this.
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I was profoundly struck by the accents of those commenting on Chilcot last night. My own views are clear - Jack Straw & Tony Blair are war criminals who must face trial, as I explained HERE. The accents of all the players in the drama of yesterday told us again of a divided nation that is Britain, the establishment and the rest of us. That was also part of the story of the Brexit vote. If the establishment brush this under the carpet the feeling of anger and insurgency will only be fuelled.
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The Sad Truth: Theresa May is bad, but the others are worse is the headline in the main opinion article in yesterday's Guardian. Author Rafael Behr urges Tory members to vote for May. His qualification for offering such advice is that he is a screaming lefty. A cat offers mice advice on personal safety. Behr is a star of the Guradin in that he is not only wrong on most issues, deriving his conclusions from prejudice as opposed to fact, but he is also a pretentious twat to boot. Thus he starts his piece on why Tories should vote for May on Europe, a subject where May disagrees with the vast majority of Tory party members and voters and 52% of the wider electorate
"Imagine Britain's membership of the European Union as a cat. The cat is seated in a box with an unstable radioactive element, "article 50". At some point the toxicity of A50 will kill the cat - an outcome that is confirmed by opening the box. But as long as the box is sealed, moggy is simultaneously dead and alive. This state is known as Schrodinger's EU membership after the Austrian physicist who desscribed something similar in 1935 to elucidate the mysteries of quantum mechanics".
At this point we are expected to say that Rafael is fecking brainy to know all about Schrodinger and his cat. You know Guardian writers are all fecking genii. After all not only did most of them go to posh public schools and Oxbridge but they all voted for Remain and as we know Remainers were clever while those of us who voted for Brexit were just thick and often racist as well. And so as night follows day, Article 50, the way the UK leaves the EU is seen as toxic and something that will kill Britain. That in Guardian la la land is just a given.
Back in the real world we see that, amid a new banking crisis in Italy, Europe's largest bank (Deutsche from Germany) is also teetering today. Economic growth in the Eurozone has been negative to negligible for months before Brexit was an issue. It is an ageing economic zombie, run by a corrupt political, media and business class which is loathed by ordinary folks across Europe. We, the plebs, are tired of a project which empowers and enriches the elite - including our posh well paid lefty comrades at the Guardian - but sees ordinary folks gain little or, in places such as Greece, Portugal and Spain, get utterly screwed.
And so back to the cat. Surely A50 is they key to a box which has itself become contaminated by radioactive and toxic elements. The cat has just taken a decision of its own free will and has used the key to do as it wishes and escape. How it fares on the oustide is not that it will be certain to be dead as Behr states. There are no facts and certainties here. The cat may thrive outside the box or it may not thrive, there is no certainty about what will happen to Britain outside the EU, only opinions. I concede my opinion may be wrong. Behr cannot see that possibility.
I would suggest that Tory voters who find themselves reading the dreadful Guardian should ignore advice from this loathsome rag and from Mr Behr on how to vote as he really does not have your best interests at heart. Moreover his dismal Schrodinger analogy showns him to be a pretentious fool. No wonder he has done so well at the Guardian.
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As I am with my father in Shipston the paper delivered each day is the Guardian and my father is delighting in reading out various excerpts just to annoy me. Since he is a closet reactionary they also make him despair but he has been well trained by my step mother, who actually agrees with much of this nonsense, to hide that despair. That is until he gets to the White Bear where he can read the Daily Telegraph and smile in open agreement.
On page 33 of the Guardian there is a section where a history teacher who blogs as "disappointed idealist" offers hints on what to tell your kids in school if they ask awkward questions. Today the teacher answers the question that all the kids are apparently asking about Brexit, "are all leave voters racist?" The answer:
Not at all, But all racists were almost certainly leave voters. Although as racists aren't generally the brightest sparks there is always a chance they crossed the wrong box"
How predictable. That Anjem Choudary, the Islamic hate preacher who supporets ISIS was as a keen backer of Remain as he is of killing the Jews. I reckon he's a racist but for many Guardian readers, such as Mr Livingstone and his followers, anti-semitism is an acceptable form of racism so maybe I have got that a bit wrong.
The wicked Jews are I gather fair game for lefties these days. This is a discussion about what the Guardian terms real racism. There is of course aboslutely no hard data showing that all racists (apart from Anjem who doesnt count as he only hates the Jews) were leave voters but what does that matter for teachers?
It bloody well should do. Telling kids something as a fact when you have only very limited anecdotal evidence as opposed to comrehesive hard data is just not very...professional. Or it did not use to be.
I blog in my own name but am this morning a truly "disappointed taxpayer". I am sorely disapponted that my taxes are paying bigots like this to fill the heads of young people with such palpable crap.
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Maybe it is just a feature of getting older but whenever I read about more or less anything to do with students and politics I find myself thinking that we should bring back National Service is a prerequisite for those wishing to study for a degree. Of course National Service was something I dodged by about thirty years, but when I was a student only 10% of folks went to university. We were - with a few exceptions - an elite. These days almost half of young folks go to what are, in many cases, laughably called Universities and it seems that large numbers of students are pathetic, idle or stupid or all three.
The leader of Britian's students, Malia Bouattia is a 28 year old perma-student fanatic who has featured here before as a supporter oif ISIS and fanatical Jew hater. The other day she told the world that Tory cuts to higher education (regrettably there have been none) were driving students to join ISIS. She is a barking mad fanatic but the fact that she was elected as head of the National Union of Students shows just how many students live in a parallel universe based on discredited ideas and a sense of entitlement.
Post the Brexit vote, in which only 30% of those between 18 and 25 could be bothered to get of their arse and put a cross in a box, the outpourings of grief from the young people who are "working" their way through the University system have been a hoot.
A thread on the student chat room ( stop chatting and get back to your studies you lazy fuckers) "The Student Room" entitled "Does anyone else feel genuinely depressed about Brexit?' is, it seems, humming. Comments include:
'I've felt so down all day because of this, and just have this constant sick feeling in my stomach.
'I genuinely feel like I'm grieving. I feel like I'm grieving for our growing economy (slow but steady). I'm grieving for our loss of cultural enrichment.'
'Took about an hour for my hands to stop shaking, and for my knees to return to some semblance of working order after I saw the result.'
"I have felt sick all day, and ashamed. And angry, with special little peaks of rage dedicated to the claptrap by degrees either ignorant, racist or both, that leavers have peddled as their "reasons".'
"Can I class Brexit as a traumatic event when fail my exams next week? Because honestly I'm so distracted now because of it."
"II wonder if I can get special consideration for my Further Maths and Physics exams today because I was stressed about Brexit?'
Hmmmm, so we leavers were all ignorant racists while the intelligentsia preparing to get a 2:1 in a joint course in media studies and basket weaving are now traumatised by the whole event. Whatever. Perhaps they should all be given counselling?
But who from? A lefty academic well known to me, who actually voted to leave, reports back that her facebook stream is unremittingly gloomy. Natch nearly all her facebook pals are also lefty academics and all are gloomy and also lashing out with the narrative that leave voters were ignorant and racist and that the world is going to end. Such is the violence of the "groupthink" on this that this individual has not dared to fess up to a single friend in academia that she voted to leave, lest she be branded a racist too. Or just thick. Or both. She just sits and listens as they rant on for they cannot consider the idea that the she voted to leave. They assume because of her job that she is part of the group think.
At the "victory" party the same person attended on the night of the 2015 General Election as the results started to filter in there was a similar shock among these lefty academics. They could not believe what was happening because, as one put it, "I don't know anyone who voted Tory."
British academia has been expanded massively in the past three decades on the basis that this expansion was self funding via student fees and loans. Of course many of those taking out such loans will either emigrate ( some folks always do) or in many more cases just not earn enough to have to repay and so, in the end, it is the taxpayer who will pick up the tab for this massive default.
We have thus created a system which lefty academics will fight tooth and nail to defend whereby not very bright folks go to bogus new Universities to learn not a lot and to have their tiny brains polluted with lefty groupthink by an academic establishment will will not tolerate any dissent from what it deems to be the truth.
You would have more chance of a fair debate on cultural diversity with a team from the Spanish Inquisition than you would have on discussing in a balanced matter: global warming, changes to immigration policy, the benefits of capitalism, the right of Israel to exist or the merits or otherwse of the EU on a campus in Britain in 2016. If you are a student or indeed lecturer reading this, you can go to Google to discover what the Spanish Inquisition was.
And as a bonus the expansion of all this nonsense is anything but self funding. At some point that will become clear. You the taxpayer are paying for this totalitarianism and excercise in futility. Are you sure that it is worth it?
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Thanks to the lightning strike on the Greek Hovel I spent Saturday night in a hotel room in Kalamata which meant that I got to enjoy the BBC World News. Jeepers it was excruciating as the presenters reported on something they obviously felt was a disaster, that is to say Brexit.
In one session we went live to interview a chap in Paris. natch, it was not an independent expert but the BBC's own man there Hugh Schofield who discussed how the French viewed Brexit. Please note how "the French" viewed the vote.
Hugh prattled on gamely for two minutes saying how the Froggies wanted the UK to crack on, invoke article 50 and essentially bugger off out of the EU. That is indeed the Government line. But out in France itself the most recent poll shows that 61% of Froggies want out of the EU too. So the correct answer to "how to the French feel" is "bravo les Rosbifs, prochaines nous" or words to that effect.
Hugh and the BBC view the French Government as speaking for ordinary Froggies because the BBC believes that the State can tell little people what to do and as the French Government is a left wing pro Euro one it shares DNA with the Beeb. But the political and media elite no more speak for ordinary Froggies than they did for ordinary Britons on June 23rd.
We the people are starting to revolt and the BBC - which we pay for - needs to understand that it is increasingly perceived by the great unwashed, the sans-culottes, as part of the problem.
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Suddenly Comrade Corbyn's Labour party is in with a slim chance for it appears that Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is pitching to be the next Tory leader. Short of appointing Roy Hodgson it is hard to see how the Cons could think of a bigger death wish candidate.
Not only did he manage a PR disaster when the greedy bastard junior doctors went on strike but then he caved into the little Trustrafarians. So bad spin and a defeat. In the Referendum he backed the losing side and has trumped that by suggesting we now need a second referendum on the terms of Brexit. Hunt thus shows his contempt for the electorate.
You know what Jeremy? It is mutual.
If you wish to do something for your party you should announce that you are standing down at the next election. The fact that you even consider standing just shows what a fantasy world you live in, your arrogance and brass neck.
Just get it into your thick, elitist, head: no-one likes you.
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A lot of Tory MP's do not like or are jealous of Boris Johnson and are said to be plotting to do anything they can to stop him being their next leader. The trouble is that he is by far and away the most popular Tory in both the wider party and also the country. He is box office. Being a Brexiteer means that he was on the side of the 52% but also of the vast majority of Tory members. So if among MPs he is in the top two in the initial poll, then Tory members are bound to vote for him.
That is not only because Boris has sex appeal but because there is no other credible candidate which almost guarantees him a top two slot. Theresa May has no personality and backed Remain - the losing side - and did so in a cowardly fashion yet she is seen as the leading challenger to Boris. George Osborne still thinks he may have a chance but after his car-crash Referendum no-one else does. The ludicrous Amber Rudd is getting her PR brother Roland Rat to spin that her star is rising but her campaign was the ultimate train wreck and she is a total disaster. Who else is there?
At this stage Boris is a shoe in so his opponents, almost entirely Remainers, have resorted once again to Project Smear. Yup he did a bit of plagiarism as a young journalist: we all know that. Yes, he's a toff from Eton: we all know that. There was that Darius Guppy episode, so what? And yes he has screwed half the women in London, so what?
You throw all of that and folks say "That Boris he's a bit of a bumbling rogue" and they like him even more. At last they find a politician who is not an dull robot who has failings but bounces back and is quite funny.
The smear on Boris would be to say that he is now a committed Christian into monogamy and watching old episodes of Midsommer Murders, how can you vote for someone so dull? The real attack might be to expose all his policy flip flops and to show that, like Dodgy Dave Cameron, he does not really believe in anything other than the pursuit of power for himself.
But the Remainers know nothing other than Project Smear. So wait for the splash headlines largely about the birds. It is not going to work but the stop Boris folks know no other way than smear and that will be their failing. Again.
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The BBC is creaming itself with "news" that almost three million of our fellow citizens have signed a petition calling for a re-run of the EU referendum. I am told this shows that the nation is having second thoughts. Really? It makes me think that many of us are incapable of sensible thought at all.
It seems apparent that many of the names are bogus but I am happy to accept that a couple of million of folks who are eligible to vote want us to have to vote again because we voted the "wrong way". But are these two million "having second thoughts?" One suspects that they were "remainers" before and are "remainers" now. Nothing has changed it is just that they refuse to accept the popular will.
In covering this sad episode the BBC interviewed one signatory, a middle class young lady who espoused that those voting for Brexit just did not understand what it meant. That is why we must vote again. And that is one argument put by posh middle class kids who have not seen their jobs destroyed by the EU as have the fishermen or suffered downward pressure on wages thanks to migration as have the working classes or seen pressure on health and state schooling as have folks in the Grim North. For the posh middle class kids it is simple: Brexit voters were thick. Or racist. Or both. So lets have a new vote and keep voting till they get it.
Others argue that not enough people voted. The petition says that you should not accept change unless 60% vote for it and 75% of all voters vote. So by this curious take on democracy where you can get to decide policy by winning just 40.1% of the vote one is guaranteed inertia on all matters. Such a distorted poisonous version of democracy would have allowed recidivists in Parliament to delay abolishing the death penalty, decriminalising homosexuality and keeping Britain illiberal for longer in so many unpleasant ways. Is inertia always so cool young folks?
As for the 75% turnout, the referendum say the highest turnout in any national contest (on an old electoral roll since 1992 and more votes cast than in any national contest ever. If that is not democratic nothing is.
The reality is that had the vote been to Remain by even one vote on a turnout of just 30% this petition would not have started. It is nothing more than a long list of names which are either bogus or are of millions of folks who are elitist patronising snobs who simply cannot accept what democracy means.
It is a roll call of shame.
PS. I am now off to start a petition saying that own goals scored by Northern Ireland should not count and therefor post match we can change the rules and force a re-run of the Wales game on Thursday. can the three million sign up quickly surely you know that it makes sense?
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last night I met an amazing woman here in Kambos. More on that later but I am in awe. Then it was watching the Brexit results on the BBC on the internet as the smug biased lefties had to come to terms with how the great unwashed had given them and the rest of the elite a total kicking. I tried to get two hours sleep but a drunk comrade from the Eurosceptic trenches, Lucian Miers, woke me up. So I worked a bit and then slept. By 2.30 PM it was ouzo o'clock. So I headed to Miranda's as you can see below and raised a class to Boris, Priti, Nigel, Michael et al but also to my late grandfather Sir John Winnifrith and my Uncle, Chris Booker, who was in a fine mood today. Cheers to you all.
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I find myself on a round Robin email list of my wife's lefty public sector working chums because with my wife we entered a fiendishly complex Euro 2016 contest on which we get daily updates. Today one of these folks made a comment about how excited he was about the EU Referendum. I made a polite contribution and a firefight ensued. With names taken out here is what follows and left me feeling more angry than I have for ages.
TW: since xxxxx started this... as the grandson of a Bennite who was pelted with fruit in 1975 for urging us to leave some of us have been waiting 41 years for this...
I hope you are open minded enough to watch another Bennite taking on a lying slimey Tory PM , Peter Shore in 1975 and reflect that so little has changed and that there is only one way to vote..Benn was right
xxxxx: Thanks Tom, I’ll watch it over lunch, and I will do my best not to escalate this conversation in this forum. I really shouldn’t have started it and I apologise all.
I’m left-minded, I think Tony Benn was a beautiful man. He wasn’t necessarily wrong back then. The pelting fruit is emotive stuff but this decision is far far more important than one families understandable upset at abuse in the seventies. Of course some of Tony Benn’s points back then apply now. I still think on balance we need to remain.
I promise to keep my bloody mouth shut for the rest of today.
TW: xxxxxx ( with all ccd in) oh yeah he's voting brexit because his grandpa got hit with fruit in 1975 & family hurt... typical ignorant brexiteer not thinking about the real issues... next you are going to use the r word
To misquote one of your lot: "Not all Remainers are patronising sneering elitist bastards but all patronising sneering elitist bastards are remainers",
YYYYYY: No need to stop XXXXX! I too am Remain, but I feel sorry for those who broadly feel "left behind" and are voting Leave as a consequence, if there is indeed such a group as suggested by the magisterial John Harris. Whatever the outcome they won't gain a thing. The official campaigns on both sides were a disgrace. Sorry Tom but Remain will win it comfortably by ten points. That's my prediction for group "B".
TW: I don't feel left behind ( patronising comment number 2)...i want to be a global citizen. I want a world without tariffs on african food which makes africa poorer and food prices in the UK higher, I want a world where folks with skills can enter the UK freely if they are not nice white europeans, I want a world where my cash does not go on a bloated democracy and to bail out failed banks but on services for the needy.
That is why I look forward and pray for brexit. Your system tying you to an ageing, shrinking, economic zombie that is Europe is the narrow insular one. It is the one that restricts access to folks outside Europe even if they are skilled, that makes the Kinnocks and goldman sachs rich and leaves 65% of the young folk here in Greece unemployed and this country in a mess.
How dare you patronise me by saying I "feel left behind". I dare dream of a better, fairer world which does not systematically screw the poor & that is why I am voting to leave.
Or at least I hope it ends there. I have learned over the pat four years to button my lip when in the presence of some of the pals of my lefty Mrs. But this referendum has wound me up so much. I sense we will lose the vote and my mind turns to the fourth part of Wagner's Ring Cycle. My mind also turns to thoughts of emigration once again. The smug patronising British establishment has finally got to me.
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Left wing pressure group Avraaz claims to have two million Britons on its mailing list and has tonight emailed them with one last desperate smear on behalf of the "Remain" camp. Having already used the murder of Jo Cox MP to smear Brexit within hours of the killing this marks a new shocking low.
In its emailing Avraaz states:
But many leave campaigners are more honest and open that this vote is significant because it's the "last chance that Britons will have to decide the future of Britain". By Britons, they mean people that are ethnically, well, mostly English. Immigration has and will change the face of the UK. Many, especially older white men, are uncomfortable with that. If anything, that is the honest, straight up choice in this vote. Is England for the English? An ethnic state? Or is England part of the UK, a modern civic nation that embraces Europeans, and people of any background that choose to live by our laws?
This is partly why, while not all Brexiters are racists, all racists are Brexiters.
Are you horrified? I am. There is absolutely no evidence for any of the claims. The last line is laughable. If the polls are correct then the result will be 47-53% either way. Is Avraaz saying that not one racist is voting Remain? Yes that is what it is saying. And is it saying that most of those who are voting Leave ( "not all" implies most" are racist? That is to say at least 26% of the population? That is indeed what it is saying.
The message here is clear. If you vote Brexit tomorrow you must be a racist. This is just loathsome smearing from among the first groups to use the dead body of Jo Cox to smear Brexit. I support may of the liberal aims of Avraaz - which is why I am on its mailing list - but its recent mailings show that the folks that run this grouping are just loathsome and vile.
With the polls shifting in the last day or so towards Leave this obscene slur on more than a quarter of the British population is also a sign of real panic in Project Smear.
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The following is self explanatory...it is also brilliant.
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When Turkey joins the EU its 75 million citizens will be able to travel and live in any other EU country. Turkey is a poor place ruled by David Cameron's pal the homophobic, sexist, fascist beast Erdogan and I do not blame any Turk for wanting to leave. And polls say that millions will leave and that Britain is a favourite destination. The only way to avoid millions of Turks - understandably - pitching up in the UK is to leave the EU. David Cameron - and last night Sadiq Khan - have repeatedly lied to the British people about this.
Cameron says the Turks just are not going to join the EU. Would he veto them joining? Er...he will not answer that. He just insists they will not join. But Turkey has powerful friends who want it to join. On Newsnight last night Erdogan's right hand man Ilnur Chevik said: ‘We are really flabbergasted! We thought Mr Cameron was our chief supporter for our quest in European Union membership. We felt that when we needed him, he was going to be there."
And it gets better. Guido has just revealed that talks with Turkey about its joining start just seven days after the referendum, something the EU was trying not to let us know about until Friday.
You see now clearly the real lyin' David Cameron for you. You just cannot believe a word he says. And when Khan says there is no way Turkey will join the EU he is just lying. It is not an "if" but a "when"
The level of lying from David Cameron and Project Fear has been unsurpassed and that alone is one reason why tomorrow, you, I and all the other little people should say "enough is enough" and vote to Leave the EU and at the same time ensure that the most dishonest PM in our history is soon packing his bags.
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Every murder is a shocking event. The political world is shocked today by the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox. She seems by all accounts to have been a pleasant and well meaning woman and naturaly all our thoughts will be with the woman's husband and children.
I cant remember the last time an MP was murdered. I guess it might have been Airey Neave. Perhaps that is why the political world is so stunned. It does not normally happen to people like them. Normally it is poor folk and those caught up in drugs somehow who get murdered. That aside it is just terribly sad. All loss of human life as a result of murder is a tragedy.
Initial reports suggested that the assailant may have shouted "Britain First" as he attacked. But that was something reported by just one person. "What we do know - as you can find it on Google - is that the attacker had a long history of serious mental health issues. As such those who were quick to somehow say that we nasty Brexiteers had whipped up sentiment and somehow had blood on their hands are just beneath contempt.
I am not going to make any political points here - though I could - I merely suggest that those in the Remain Camp who gave into temptation to do just that without thinking, are scumbags.
The tweet below, from a fellow who has been tweet spamming with Project Fear material for some days now, shows one "inner" who seeks to hit a new low with this smear.
PS the Lefty email campaigning group Avraaz is not waiting for poor Jo's body to go cold before seizing the opportunity to make political capital from her demise. It takes as gospel the one source saying the murderer shouted "Britain first" and ignores his long history of mental illness. It is clear what happened and what we should do about it. Avraaz has mailed its hundreds of thousands of supporters just now to say:
I can't imagine, in these tears, how to honour her, but then yes I can. It's through love. Jo was passionately campaigning for Britain to stay in Europe. Not just because it is smart, or advantageous. But because she spent her life caring for Syrians, and Africans. She was a beautiful light of love for all people, for humanity. The man who took her life, stabbing her and shooting her over and over, screamed "Britain First". Somehow it's not surprising, in an awful way, that her life would be taken by that kind of hate, that kind of selfishness. Because it was to fighting that darkness that she devoted her time on this earth.
Avraaz, shame on you, that mail is beneath contempt.
1072 days ago
Apparently this website which is four years old this week, TomWinnifrith.com is plastered with adverts for the Remain Camp in the Brexit debate. It seems that on this website you cannot avoid the tax exile Sir Richard Branson and his ghastly lies. A reader asks if I have changed sides? Oh no, major Tom, don't say its true...
Euroscepticism is in my DNA. Chris Booker is my maternal uncle, my paternal grandfather Sir John Winnifrith was a "leave" spokesman in 1975 but as I explain HERE I have already voted for Brexit with my head as well as my heart.
Google serves up adverts on this site based on what is written here. I write a lot about Brexit so there are stacks of adverts from those bankrolled by Goldman Sachs, the CBI et al who have money to burn and a view to push.... that is to say Remain. If I wrote about how to fiddle your welfare benefits google would in the same way serve up adverts aimed at people living in Liverpool. You get how it works, right?
Now every time that you dear reader, who I assume is smart enough to be a Eurosceptic, hits on an advert from Remain two things happen. I earn a few pence for the ouzo fund and Project Fear spends a few pence of Goldman's blood money. Both events are ones that should make you happy.
And so every time you see Sir Richard Branson smiling at you on this site or another ad for "Remain" do the decent thing and hit that advert as many times as you can. Click on the tax dodger Branson's smug face and think of how my ouzo fund grows and how at last some of the money Goldman Sachs screwed from Greece cooking its books so it could enter the Euro, is finding its way back to the Hellenic Republic and a good cause.
Comrades: do it for Greece, do it for Brexit, start hitting those Remain adverts as often as you can bear.
1073 days ago
I've crossed swords with upper class fish wife Tanya Beckett over many years and she has always struck me as thick as two short planks on every occasion we met. In other words, she is an ideal presenter on BBC World News covering business. Of course she is more famous as the ex wife of convicted felon Champagne Charlie Gibson who is a real hoot, but back to Brexit.
And so the FTSE fell the other day by 1.2%. This, Tanya, assured us was all down to fears about how Brexit would hit the UK. She then moved to the French and German indices which were down by c 1.8%.
Actually don't bother. The BBC - which receives funding direct from the EU - wants you to think Brexit is awful so airheads like Tanya don't care about the facts they just blame Brexit for everything and anything.
And you and I have to pay a license to watch this third rate propaganda.
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So how does immigration affect multi millionairess luvvie Keira Knightley? Is she facing longer lines to get treatment on the NHS? Is there downward pressure on her wages? What about problems getting housing at affordable rates? Er no: it just means more cheap labour at her fave posh restaurants in London. Luvvie Keira and others in the 1% have no concept at all about how the EU affects those of us in the 99% , young or old.
Today Keira has released a video for the Remain camp in which she urges young people to vote to stay in the EU and "to stop others fucking with your future" . Ooooooh a bit of bad language, that is going to help you relate to young people is it not? What a patronising bitch.
Keira has not got a scoobie about how the EU impacts on young people across Britain. She can patronise them as much as she wants but the polls suggest that Ms Knightley's elegant and well thought out contribution to the debate is not having much of an impact.
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You rather know that those in Project Fear are panicking when they switch their lead spokesman from Dodgy Dave Cameron to ex PM Gordon Brown at this late stage in the polls. That would be the same Gordon Brown who sold all our gold at the lowest possible price, who trainwrecked the economy as PM and who, in his disastrous only election campaign as leader, went around calling nice little old ladies bigots. Yes it is that Gordon Brown.
In footballing terms It is like swapping an injured Wayne Rooney for Venessa Feltz as England try to win Euro 2016. Remain was doing badly enough already , now it is hexed by the curse of Jonah.
But still Project Fear strides on. Today Harriet Harman tells us, with no evidence whatsoever to validate her claim, that leaving the EU will cause a surge in sexism. Top Eurocrat Donald Tusk goes far further, predicting that Brexit will cause the collapse of Western Civilization.
Can anyone trump that with a prediction of something really crazy like Brexit making World War Three more likely...oh, sorry Dodgy Dave has tried that one already. With what threat can Gordon Brown now up the ante? I can hardly wait.
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Sadly here in the most excellent Melitsina Village hotel here in Kardamili the only English language channel we can get is the BBC World News Channel. It is Pravda at its best. The agenda is clear: Trump = evil racist, Brexit - evil supported by racists, Tories - evil racists who hate the NHS, all of the NHS, EU, crooked Hillary = perfect. Once you understand that all reporting has to fit that narrative watching becomes easy and your anger at having to pay for this crap with your taxes sort of subsides.
And thus we flicked channels and saw a BBC chappie called Sean with a panel of four folks discussing Brexit. As far as I could make out it was two yanks and two Europeans. It did not long for me to realise what this panel debate was about. It was not about whether Brexit was good or bad. All four guests and the host agreed that Brexit would be a disaster.
I think it is actually a game called BBC Bingo/ two minutes without hesitation. The idea is to see which of the guests or indeed the host, can use the most words like Trump, racists and Boris Johnson in a negative sense and immigration, Clinton and the Labour Party in a positive sense all in one sentence.
Once you understand that it is a sort of game show your anger as a taxpayer and license fee payer subsides. Surely after the fall of the iron curtain no country in Europe would consider extracting money from its citizens to fund such blatant propaganda while pretending it was news would it?
1076 days ago
As the grandson of a prominent Bennite Eurosceptic from 1975 I look with interest at how Labour is just imploding in the current referendum as its core support is surging towards Brexit and away from Project Fear. I look at why and what happens next.
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Apparently a Tory MP called Sarah Wollaston has switched sides from out to in in the Brexit debate. I take some interest in politics and could just about place this Sarah Wollaston. She is a doctor, I think, but that is about all I know about her. And I am not so sure about even that. And so from the 99% of the country who care even less about politics than I do this will be a question of Sarah Who?
The media and political classes have something to chatter about. But, for once, this decision, the vote on the EU, will be taken not by them but but the great uinwashed, you and me, we the people. One Sarah Who is one vote heading from Brexit to Remain. One suspects that after last nights debate between Boris and the charming lefty Gisela and the three witches of Remain: the SNP midget, uber-harpie Angela Eagle and the airhead careerist Amber Rudd, many more folks were heading the other way.
The three witches just kept banging on about Boris wanting to be PM. In the Westminster bubble they might care about the naked ambition of Boris but the rest of us are more concerned about the 75 million Turks who might be moving in next door in a few years time; or the £350 million we piss away each week on the EU; or the fact that 55% of our laws are now made in Brussels not by ghastly Westminster creeps like Rudd and Eagle.
The three witches came across as nothing more than unpleasant politicians. Boris came across as amiable Boris. Everyone seems to love Gisela, she is just a nice person. In terms of won the argument, that debate was another win for Brexit which makes it three in a row for Brexit vs Project Fear.
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The video below says it all. A little Friday humour as we enter the last two weeks of the Brexit campaign.
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There is no sitting on the fence from German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble. He has stated explicitly today that if the UK leaves the EU as a result of Brexit we would have no access to the single market, not even limited access like Switzerland or Norway. Does this mean that for we Brexit Tommies "ze war is over". Nope, sorry Wolfgang but whatever you say, The Great Escape is still very much on.
You see we all know that the EU exports more to the UK than the UK does to the EU. And so if Germany forces all the other folks in the EU to impose trade restrictions on the UK and we reciprocate who ends up worse off? Yup those in the EU.
I am quite happy drinking wine from Australia, the US, Chile, South Africa and New Zealand or agricultural produce which - shorn of EU imposed tariffs - comes from across the world and is cheaper than it was before, rather than French muck. But as French farmers go bust as their exports to the UK dry up how does Wolfgang think they will react to a trade war he is creating? And what about those German automakers who see their exports to Britain dry up.
Wolfgang showed himself a prize bully as he destroyed Greece last summer but then Greece was led by Alex Tsipras, a man who made Neville Chamberlin look like a man of steel. I wonder whether he thinks that German leaders trying to bully the people of other European nations to bend to their will always works? History shows otherwise.
Bring on 23rd June - the British people really don't like being ordered what to do.
1079 days ago
The political, media, big business and banking establishment are united in their determination to deliver a vote to stay in Europe. David Cameron, Jeremy Corbyn, Goldman Sachs, the CBI and the BBC are working together but amid growing evidence that we, the people, are rising up to vote for Brexit new cheating was announced today. The establishment will break all the rules to ensure their view prevails whatever the "little people" actually vote for..
They started by spending £10 million of taxpayers cash, your money and mine, sending out propaganda that claimed opinion as fact and told lies. Then we saw my local council in Bristol send out 47,000 postal votes with instructions on how to fill them in, telling folks to vote to stay in. Were those forms recalled? No. The Government let them stand.
Today we are told that the website allowing folks to register to vote crashed last night after a surge in registrations - largely by young folks who it is assumed want to vote to stay in. There was a concerted campaign - assisted by a fawning media led by the BBC - to target such people.
So a few folk missed out. Naturally the Government has now extended the deadline for registration for 24 hours so that many more folks can register not just the few who missed out last night. It does this because it thinks those folks will vote "the right way". The Labour Party applauds what it terms "democracy". The BBC says this clear fiddle is fair. It is not. It is just another small attempt to steal this referendum.
And today we have also learned that many of those EU citizens who were sent postal votes in error for they should not have had a vote at all, have, in fact, already voted and their votes will be allowed to stand. Why? They should be struck out but the Government assumes that these good Europeans will vote the right way. In a close contest this is another attempt to steal the result.
The Remain camp is losing the debate but the establishment will cheat and lie and pervert democracy to ensure that it wins anyway. If you allow the establishment to steal this election it will steal whatever else it wants of your liberties and democratic freedoms.
And this is a clear reason why, irrespective of our views on Brexit, we should all vote to leave the EU on 23rd June. To vote for anything else is to give the establishment carte blanche to do what it wishes. A vote for out is we the people saying that enough is enough and starting the process of taking power away from elites who cannot stand it when the plebs say NO!, whether they be European officials or cosy clubs of CBI bosses, bankers and their pals from Eton who have ended up as Prime Minister.
A vote for Brexit is now a moral imperative. It is a vote against a small group who - in the most important vote for 50 years - think they are better than you and will lie, steal and cheat to ensure that the 1% gets to tell the 99% what is in their best interests.
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I gather that back in the UK you have all had a spot of bother with thunderstorms and tornados. Has David Cameron managed to blame a surge in support for Brexit yet? Just watch out little people, if you back Boris and Priti you are all going to drown and here are a list of 100 experts who support that claim. Okay 98 of them are on the EU payroll in some way, shape or form but they are frigging experts and you are little people who cant be trusted to make your own minds up. So either start building an ark or vote the right way!
As it happens the mountains above Kardamili are also covered in dark clouds and the thunder sounds ominous. The Mrs has conceded that there will be no sea swimming today and I have opted not to head back to the hovel for a spot of snake spotting and frigana slashing. It is clearly set to tip it down. Is Brexit to blame for the Greek deluges? Apparently Dodgy Dave's NBF President Erdogan of Turkey blames it all on the wicked Kurds.
Update: it is now tipping it down, the lightening is lighting up dark skies and the thunder is noisier than ever. We sit in our hotel room and I say to the Mrs that we must look on the bright side, at least this rain is really good for our olive trees. She says: even better, it means that you wont make me go and see them today! The cheek of it all, what could be more enjoyable than olive pruning at the snake safari that is the Greek Hovel?
As it happens I am rather glad to be in a warm and dry hotel room with air conditioning right now rather than at the hovel. By now the mud track, which leads from my front door to the top of snake hill where the road turns to concrete, will be filling up with puddles and driving will become less than easy. The snakes love water and will be out and about. And the one room I live in will be dry but either freezing or boiling, a fridge or a sauna - not a place to be trapped inside by a deluge.
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If we vote for Brexit on June 23rd we will get to leave the European Union, right? No. Wrong. Certainly that is the view of certain MPs, Tory and Labour who have stated that they will use Westminster rules to insist that the UK still stays in the single market, pays money to the EU and allows unlimited numbers of migrants in, even if the UK leaves. This contempt from some of of Westminster "servants" for the folks who pay their wages is obscene.
The EU itself has "form" in ignoring referendum results it does not like. It either ignores the vote altogether or tells the little people to vote again until they vote the right way. This culture of corruption, of subverting democracy has clearly infected a number of Europhile MPs at Westminster too.
That MPs are even considering this is a compelling reason to vote for Brexit. It is clear that one side in this plebiscite views Democracy as a threat to its way of life whilst the other side actually believes in the people having a say in how their country is run. Voting for Brexit will start the process of re-energising democracy.
Then let the Europhiles try to thwart the wishes of the little people. Tories who behave in such a disgraceful manner will almost certainly be ousted by local associations which are overwhelmingly Eurosceptic. Labour MPs can try to thwart democracy if they wish but if they do then many will lose massive popular support at a General Election.
Notwithstanding the fixed term legislation Dodgy Dave enacted, that may well come far sooner than folks think in the event of Brexit and a change of Tory leader.
That so many leading figures on one side on this referendum can openly show the contempt with which they view the process of democracy and the views of the folks who pay the wages, who are their masters, the electorate means that whatever ones views on the EU, if you believe in democracy, you must now vote for Brexit.
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To be fair to David Cameron he does not need to open his mouth to tell an actual lie in order to mislead the British people about Brexit. Sometimes his silence is equally deceptive.
It appears that the EU has overspent its budget by circa £20 billion and that member states will be asked - once again - for bonus contributions to fill the black hole. But in order to assist Dodgy Dave who is trying to tell the British people that we are "better off in" it has been agreed that the invoices will not be announced or sent until after June 23rd. How convenient.
No doubt lyin' Dave will now pipe up that he is going to stamp his patrician feet and won't be paying. Yup. The last time the UK got stung with a little bonus bill like this was in 2014 and the sum involved was £1.4 billion. Sure enough, lyin' Dave Cameron stamped his patrician feet, flew off to Brussels to tell his pals that he was not paying. And then when the fuss had died down he paid every last cent.
And we will end up paying every cent this time because that is how the EU works. Its unelected officials, men such as Neil Kinnock rejected by their own voters but now empowered to run our lives from overseas, overspend year in and year out. Then they tell member states to pick up the tab. And since the UK is economically successful we pick up a large slug of the tab and there is nothing we can do to avoid this other than leave the EU.
As it happens the £2 billion might be an under-estimate. It seems that Greece is going bust again as is Spain. That is part of the pleasure of being in the Euro, a currency so many of those in the Remain camp told us we had to join to avoid disaster. If Europe has to bail out our friends in Southern Europe it will not just be Euro currency users that pay but all EU members. Better get the UK's cheque book ready once again Dodgy, you'll be needing it after June 23rd big time.
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In today's Mail on Sunday journalist Simon Walters produced what, he terms, a "candid" exclusive interview with Dodgy Dave Cameron in which lyin' Dave says absolutelty nothing new at all. But it is the front page splash from Mr Walters that shames his paper and shows that a panicking Remain Campaign will stoop to anything. The Mail claims Vote Leave has been "infiltrated" by Nazis.
Infiltration has a clear meaning in British politics. It means gaining membership in an organised and covert manner with a view to securing power. The Militant Tendency infiltrated Labour. On the other hand the Mail has manged to provide evidence that exactly seven nazis are handing out flyers for Vote Leave. it tops this up with a few quotes from a racist online chat room from Nazis who support Brexit.
I do not doubt for a second that the seven folk mentioned are loathsome racist and jew hating pigs. They are scum but to say that them handing out flyers, not setting policy, organising a campaign or anything close to having any power, just handing out leaflets is evidence of infiltration is laughable.
Vote Leave like Remain is a cross party group. I am sure that if you wanted to you could dig out some fairly unsavoury chaps in Remain. You might also note that the Jew hating Al-Qaeda sympathising nutters of Respect are supporting Vote Leave. I'm pretty sure that one could find evidence of at least eight George Galloway diehards handing out flyers for Vote Leave. But they are not infiltrating either, Vote Leave is not a party, it will never gain power, but the Mail knows all that but runs the story anyway.
I note that Vote Leave has 51,000 followers on twitter, I am not sure how many folks have signed up to assist it but it is in the tends of thousands. And the Mail thinks that finding seven Nazis among those tens of thousands of supporters is worthy of a front page splash on "infiltration?"
Where did Mr Walters get his "evidence" and photos from, I wonder? Might running this smear just be the quid pro quo for getting that exclusive "candid" interview with Dodgy Dave? Of course it is. Let the Mail deny that it received any assistance from folks linked to Project Fear with this disgusting piece of hatchet journalism. It won't as it can't.
Cameron, having studied philosophy at Oxford, knows full well the logical flaw in the following sentence: "some frogs have red spots, this animal has red spots so he must be a frog". Just because a handful of Nazis support Brexit it does not mean that all Brexit supporters are Nazis. But the dog whistle use of the word "infiltration" is designed to smear by association.
This article a sign of utter desperation by Dodgy Dave and Project Fear. They now lag in the polls, Vote Leave has momentum and is surging, Boris & Priti Patel knocked them for six on immigration last week and while Michael Gove had a great Sky interview on Friday, Cameron crashed and burned. Project Fear is losing the argument on sovereignty, it is not trusted by anyone, it has lost the immigration debate and is slipping on the economy as folks realise that blaming Brexit for everything is nonsense. Cameron and his colleagues are now realising that they could actually lose on June 23 and so they rope in a corrupt member of the media "in-crowd" to run the lowest and most despicable of hatchet jobs.
When Project Fear sinks to this level, one hopes that the electorate will react by rejecting all that it stands for on principle. For this smear job is a tacit acceptance that it has now lost all the real arguments.
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It has been widely reported that the pompous US actor Matt Damon has opined on Brexit, branding it "insane". Mr Damon's qualifications as a political scientist or an economist are unclear. He did go to Harvard but dropped out before graduating and studied English. To suggest that he has any expertise on the finer points of Brexit would therefore be somewhat pushing the limits of plausibility.
And, as an American, no-one should really care what Matt Damon thinks about a British issue. Perhaps with his enormous intellect Mr Damon might discuss when was the last time that American citizens took heed of overseas counsel in terms of making domestic policy decisions? After 1776 we Brits stopped deciding how Americans live and what is sauce for the goose is surely sauce for the gander. Or does Matt Damon think that America and Americans have a right to tell the rest of the world what is good for us? Go on eat up your greens little child, think about the starving children in Africa.
Of course Mr Damon is an actor, a fecking celebrity. That means we are obliged to imbibe an airbrushed view of his life as we buy his products making him ever wealthier and then listen to his predictably liberal and dreary views on global warming (big threat, get the Government to take more money from poor people to fight it), Donald Trump (bad man) and now Brexit (bad).
Is anyone out there actually swayed ahead of the referendum by what this self-obsessed little prick says?
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In today's Daily Telegraph the columnist Allison Pearson describes how when debating Brexit with multi-millionaire PR man Roland Rudd (brother of dimwit cabinet minister Amber) she was told that "Allison does not want any immigrants coming to this country". The traditional retort to those to question any aspect of immigration policy is "you're racist"
As Pearson points out, the Rudds were kids of a millionaire stockbroker and then went to posh public school and Oxford (just like Dodgy Dave Cameron himself). They have never experienced the downside of immigration: downward pressure on wages for lower earners and problems getting access to schools and healthcare in certain areas or pressure on the housing list. For them as affluent employers and consumers immigration is all upside. And thus the rich and middle classes have for years branded anyone who queried our policies as racist. The most excellent Priti Patel, who also thinks current policies are crackers, came up with the same analysis.I guess Priti is a racist too. Heck so many of us who didn't grow up in millionaire households seem to be racists these days.
And that matters in terms of Brexit at two levels. Firstly there is the Turkey issue. It will join the EU at some stage. And if we are in then its 75 million punters plus a few million refugees now living in Turkey all have the right to come to the UK and polls suggest that, understandably, many want to. Dodgy Dave says this will never happen so here is a quiz question for you. Who said:
"I will remain your strongest possible advocate of EU membership , together I want to help Turkey pave the road from Ankara to Brussels."
Yes it was 2010 and Dodgy Dave Cameron himself. Turkey will join one day and those who want us to stay in the EU just do not explain how we will handle this. Oh and Albania, Macedonia and Montenegro will also be joining soon but I guess the Albanians who pitch up will not be moving to the neighbourhoods where folks like Cameron or the Rudds live, nor will their kids try to get into the sort of schools where little Camerons or Rudds are educated meaning that the little Camerons and Rudds end up at 2nd, 3rd or 4th choice academies.
Then there is the proposal from the leavers that Britain apply an Australian style points system to ensure we admit only those we want to admit from wherever in the world rather than the current system of points for non Europeans (the darkies) and free access for Europeans (the whities). Those in Project Fear started by saying that the proposal articulated by Boris (half Turkish, born in the USA), Gove and Priti Patel was a touch racist implying it was certain to reduce numbers. At the same time they said, look at Australia it will increase immigration! Talk about having your cake and eating it.
Australia is a vast continent with just 22 million citizens so it needs more folks. But its system allows it to decide exactly who it wants and also to control the flow. If it wanted to slash immigration it just ups the points needed and vice versa. The key point here is that Australia gets to decide exactly how many folks it admits and what skills they must have and it does it in a 100% colour blind manner, there are no bonus points for being an Aryan from Europe unlike our own racist system.
My own solution is of course totally free movement but zero state benefits for anyone (including native Brits) until they have paid five years of taxes. But that will not happen given the reluctance of the political classes to really tackle the welfare culture.
As a half way house Aussie points is clearly less racist and fairer and better for Britain than the current EU mess. There is no argument against it so elitists such as the PR supremo Roland Rat must merely resort to the smear of "racism" or the patent lie that Aussie Points will lead to more immigration. Even folks like Rat and his ghastly sister Amber must be aware that they are talking utter rubbish. On this matter, camp Brexit has won the debate and perhaps now the referendum might go the right way. I am starting to hope again.
1084 days ago
After David Cameron's car crash on Sky yesterday, this evening Michael Gove had his turn and by the end the audience was 100% onside. He was superb and this short video is the highlight.
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From the comfort of his £17.5 million North London home, actor Tom Conti has complained that the word luvvie, as used to describe him and certain, but not all, other actors, is as offensive as the word nigger, used by either certain black folk or white racists to describe all black people. Conti is talking out of his arse.
If one is a white racist or a black person attempting to reclaim the word in the way that certain gay folk have attempted to "reclaim" queer, then all black folks are niggers. It is an offensive term and should not be used, it is a term from the era of slavery, a term that suggests that those with a different coloured skin are inferior to we white folk.
On the other hand not all actors would be described as luvvies. Can anyone remember the word being used in association with John Wayne? Or Ronald Reagan? Or closer to home would anyone describe wife beating thuggish Dennis Waterman or boring Ken Barlow (William Roache) as luvvies? Of course not.
Luvvies are certain sorts of actors. The sort who think that the rest of us, who don't live in £17.5 million houses, give a fuck about their - almost inevitably liberal - views on global warming, Brexit or whatever is the great issue of the day. The sort who fail to understand that being an actor is a job just like being an accountant or a lorry driver, it does not make you a special sort of human being or worthy of special treatment. You are not a better person simply because you are an actor not an accountant. You may well, however, get a more pampered life as a result.
And it is a hallmark of a luvvie that they say the silliest things like comparing the term luvvie to the word nigger and saying that they are both in the same genre of abuse and that they are equally offensive.
Today's luvvie in the woodpile is certainly Mr Tom Conti. Truly he is a LWA, a luvvie with attitude.
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1098 days ago
A list of 250 celebrities have signed a letter telling us that we should vote to stay in Europe. The actor Derek Jacobi thinks I care so much what he thinks that his name appars four times. So lots of rich folks whose lives are not impacted at all by immigration, NHS waiting lists, paying the mortgage and other matters which you & I must deal with on a daily basis, are telling us we should listen to them just because they are fecking celebs.
What on earth makes them think that as celebrities their views carry any weight at all? It is not like they are experts in economics, social policy, running a business or indeed anything other than singing, dancing, acting and in most cases getting their kit off for the camera.
It is bad enough that the war criminal Blair and the leaders of the United States and Eire tell me how to vote but Keira bloody Knightley is really taking the piss.
I really liked Keira in Bend it like Beckham and thought she was pretty good in Pride & Prejudice and I know that she is a lifelong West Ham supporter so she can't be all bad.
But what on earth makes her think that what she thinks about the EU matters to me or that her lecturing we little people about how we should vote will assist her cause at all?
It just makes me angry. Inspired by Keira et al I think it is time to donate to the Vote Leave campaign. Or at least think about it.
1100 days ago
I had rather forgotten about Michael Heseltine, the man who stabbed Lady Thatcher in the back, but apparently the old egomaniac is still alive and today weighed into the Brexit debate saying that Boris Johnson was a reckless man and that we should all vote to stay in.
Before anyone takes the old fool too seriously on the EU you might ask where we stood in the last great debate on matters European: The Euro? Not only did the old twit want us to join the single currency when it was set up but he still does even though it has proved to be an unmitigated disaster. As recently as April 27 this year, yes 2016, he gave a speech predicting that we still will join the Euro.
At least some of those who advocated joining the Euro at the beginning have, like the late Euro loon Charles Kennedy, admitted that they got it wrong. Heseltine still thinks he was right and is right.
Writing this evening from Greece where, thanks to the Euro, youth unemployment is 65% and where pensioners now have to survive on £9 a day as the economy continues to shrink, I can tell Lord Heseltine that he was wrong and is still wrong about the Euro. And that makes his views on Brexit pretty much worthless.
Naturally the EU cheerleaders at the biased BBC are happily reporting how the Tory grandee is slamming Boris and backing the "in" campaign but neglecting to mention Hezza's decade and a half of unrepentently calling the major European issues 100% wrongly. That is sadly not a surprise.
1100 days ago
The polls show that only 21% of folks trust David Cameron to tell the truth on Brexit? I say only 21% but what is amazing is that anyone trusts Dodgy Dave at all as every day he says something about the referendum which is just patently a falsehood. Today's classic was his comment on what happens if we vote to leave:
“Putin might be happy, Al Baghdadi might be happy.”
So there you have it, Putin and the ISIS high command want Boris and the Brexiteers to win.
This is just so obviously complete and utter rubbish that it inspires only derision and begs the question what is he thinking? It is not a slip, Dodgy Dave has made this claim about ISIS wanting Brexit before.
Is it that he thinks that the 99% really are so stupid to believe him or is he just noting that the latest poll shows Brexit ahead and that he is starting to panic?
Whatever the reason, as a supporter of Brexit, I hope he continues in this vein as each daft outburst reduces the, already very limited, credibility of the in campaign that little bit more.
Surely no wavering voter can possibly want to back a man spouting such obvious tripe?
1101 days ago
The Daily Mail has obtained a letter which is political dynamite and shows that David Cameron has lied on a monumental scale over the EU referendum. If he was a man of honour he would resign at once. But he is instead Dodgy David Cameron.
Eleven days before calling the poll Cameron was negotiating with the other EU nations on a deal for Britain. Dodgy Dave told Parliament and us all that if he did not get the deal he wanted he would campaign for us to leave the EU.
But at the same time, it emerges via a leaked letter to the boss of Serco, the brother of EU loon Tory peer Lord Soames, that he was plotting with pro EU businessmen on the anti Brexit campaign. He was working with them to get FTSE 350 companies to include a warning about the dangers of Brexit included in their annual report. These are any annual reports coming out before June.
Thus it is clear that Call Me Dave was already working on the "in" campaign at a time when he was telling us all that his stance depended entirely on him getting a good deal for Britain in his talks. As it happens he asked for little and got less in those talks. Cameron got a crap deal for Britain but as the Daily Mail letter shows the reality is that Dodgy Dave would have signed any deal at all and still said it was a great deal and campaigned to stay in on the back of it.
Many of us already believed this to be the case but now there is proof. David Cameron in saying that his stance depended on what deal he got lied to the House of Commons and lied to the British people. An honourable man would today be resigning. But then an honourable man would not have lied in such a monstrous manner about the most important political vote in 40 years. And David Cameron is not an honourable man.
The polls show that even before today only 21% of Britons believed Dodgy Dave on Europe. After today anyone still believing lyin' Dave will truly believe in anything.
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Looking at twitter I see folks aghast that Boris Johnson has compared the EU to Hitler. How dare Bojo link Brussells to white supremacism and killing Jews? You think I am kidding? Here you go:
EU to Hitler? So is #BorisJohnson saying that a body of countries is a white supremacist thug & committing genocide?
Er no Prita Boris is saying nothing of the sort. Tactic one of Project Fear, or is that now Project Smear, is to take what we Brexiteers say totally out of context. Here is what Bojo actually said:
"The past 2,000 years of European history have been dominated by doomed attempts to unify the continent under a single government to recreate the “golden age” of the Romans. Napoleon, Hitler, various people tried this out, and it ends tragically. The EU is an attempt to do this by different methods,”
There you go. No mention of racism or genocide merely a point about Empire building. Now given that those at the heart of the EU are pushing for ever closer union, for ever more powers to leave national parliaments to head to the EU and for an EU army to join the single currency what Johnson says appears to be a valid point. The critics do not mention his comparison to Napoleon, various other people (Louis XIV? Bismark?) just Hitler and then take it out of context.
Play 2 in the Project Smear playbook comes from the shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn whose father must be spinning in his grave at the Euro piffle his son spouts. Little Benn accused Bojo of losing his moral compass, again by opting to ignore what Boris actually said and just focusing in on Hitler. Benn continued:
“After the horror of the second world war, the EU helped to bring an end to centuries of conflict in Europe, and for Boris Johnson to make this comparison is both offensive and desperate.”
Again you see the focus on Hitler not the point Bojo actually made. And as it happens did the EU really bring peace to Europe? Most folks had that down to NATO, Reagan and Thatcher standing up to the Russians in a way that the Benn family strongly opposed. Where the EU has tried to intervene to bring "peace", in Bosnia, the Ukraine and Syria it cannot be said to have been a great success. Benn follows his smear with lies.
Truly Old Tony, who back in 1975 campaigned alongside my Bennite grandfather Sir John Winnifrith in the leave campaign, would be mortified not just at the stance of his son but also at his intellectual laziness.
The response of his Benn junior and others to what Boris Johnson said shows the weakness of the "in" campaign. It cannot argue on facts and so must simply resort to attacking what outers did not say, to smears and to lies.
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1105 days ago
Jumped up Canadian pipsqueak Mark Carney, the grotesquely overpaid Governor of the Bank of England has again intervened in the Brexit debate but this begs the question, which Mark Carney was lying? I bring you two quotes;
2014 "Struggling eurozone poses biggest threat to UK recovery" - Mark Carney
2016 "Brexit slowdown could lead to recession" - Mark Carney
So less than two years ago the biggest threat to the UK economy was the fact that our pals in Euroland were struggling. Two years on they are actually struggling even more yet oddly the UK has grown very happily. But now we are told that not being part of the EU (with whom we run a balance of payments deficit) could lead to recession, not being shackled to the zombie is the danger.
Make up your mind Carney -which of these two statements is a lie? Actually it is probably both.
Carney's analysis is so dreadful at every level that he shows he is a fully paid up member of Project Fear. He is not independent and should just feck off back to Canada, a country that does well enough despite not being part of a political union with its continental neighbours.
For starters the EU is struggling because across that zone there are in place anti business supply side laws which stunt growth. We do not have such measures in place in the UK but the EU wants us to. The EU is the biggest threat to our economy in that respect. Europe's woes have been exacerbated by the fact that the Euro is not working. Most of those arguing for Project Fear also told the "little people" of Britain that it would be a catastrophe if the UK did not join the Euro. They were wrong then they are wrong now.
Finally Carney says the slowdown in the UK economy is down to Brexit fears. If something bad is happening blame it on Brexit. But there is also slowdown in the US, across Asia, in China and in Australia and South America. is that all down to Brexit? Gosh that Michael Gove is really powerful is he not? Bloody Priti Patel look how she has crashed the Brazilian economy. That Boris Johnson has really screwed up the US Non Farm payroll data.
Carney is living in a fantasy world. The global economy is slowing and the UK slows with it. To blame our woes on Brexit and ascribe nothing to the global slowdown affecting every other country on this planet is just pitiful analysis.
Carney is not fit for purpose.
1106 days ago
Dodgy Dave and Project Fear keep on lining up fat cat FTSE 100 bosses to oppose Brexit. None of these chaps are entrepreneurs who start businesses with their own capital. They are just grotesquely overpaid managers who prosper whether profits are rocketing or plunging. They are crony capitalists who like the EU as its feast of red tape helps put smaller competitors out of business. But Dodgy Dave and vile harridans such as Amber Rudd time and time and time again tell us that this means that most businessmen oppose Brexit. It will not surprise you greatly that this is a lie.
70% of FTSE 100 profits are generated outside the UK. The crony capitalists really don't employ that many of us. Most Britons work for millions of smaller businesses almost all started by genuine entrepreneurs risking their own capital. As the multinational outsource work away from the UK, it is the SMEs that create employment. So what do the folks running them think?
The latest survey from the British Chambers of Commerce show that a clear majority of its members (SMEs) who trade either only in the UK or only in the Rest of the World (ex EU) support Brexit. And what percent of SME's fall into those two categories? 94%. What percent of the private sector economy is in those two categories? 87%.
The message is clear. British business folk are going to vote for Brexit. Not that you'd know it when you listen to the lies spouted by Amber Rudd, the ghastly airhead Lynne Truss as well as Dodgy Dave Cameron himself.
Hat Tip to Nigel Wray, the man known as Britain's Buffett who will be voting for Brexit who spotted this.
1107 days ago
I cannot remember when I first described David Cameron as the heir to Blair. I think it was in 2012 but it may have been at the time of the funeral of Lady Thatcher, whose shoes Dodgy Dave is not fit to lick. Today's comments on Brexit are fantasy lying league stuff which is right up their with with the war criminal Blair's comments on Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Cameron argues that leaving the EU would make a world war more likely. A world war with whom? Would Russia or China really invade NATO Stalwart Britain just because we were no longer part of the EU, a military enterprise so pathetic it cannot even keep out illegal immigrants on rubber dinghies let alone the might of the Red Army and Navy?
The EU has not kept the peace in Europe since 1945, that has been down to America and NATO seeing off the commies. When the EU has intervened in conflicts, such as in Bosnia, it has proved worse than hopeless. Its interventions in places such as the Ukraine has fueled conflict.
In telling such a silly but enormous lie Cameron makes himself look ridiculous. Should the vote on June 23rd be in favour of Brexit then interventions such as this one make his position look less and less tenable and will make his reputation increasingly one that is , like that of the liar Blair, a poor one.
John Major is today, with hindsight, viewed as almost competent despite the actual omni-shambles of his Premiership. It is perhaps because his successors have either been utterly mendacious and self serving (Blair) or a walking disaster (Brown) and so the chummy but dull honesty of Major seems almost appealing. Until now it was hard to say which way Cameron would be viewed: as a Major, a Blair or a Brown. I think perhaps not a Brown but after today it is surely far more as a Blair than a Major.
All politicians lie bit only a few lie on such a monstrous scale. It is hard to see what motivates a man like Cameron to say something that he knows is not only untrue but demonstrably untrue. With the polls showing that its neck and neck but we outers far more likely to actually vote on the day could this act of madness by Dodgy Dave just be seen as a sign of pure desperation?
1108 days ago
Personally I would not trust the morons in this video from Vote Leave to spend the cash but then I don't trust the EU to spend it wisely either. Couldn't the Brexit chaps find anyone with an IQ of more than 25 to interview? £350 million reasons a week to vote for Brexit as explained by a range of stupid folk.
1108 days ago
I am no late arrival on the Eurosceptic ship. Euroscepticism is hard wired into my DNA. My father's father, the Bennite Sir John Winnifrith spoke for the "out" side in 1975. My mother's brother is Christopher Booker. How could I be anything other than an "outer"?
And so three years ago I designed a T-shirt which I have worn happily in Greece & England ever since. It's Time to Leave. The imposition of a Soviet hammer & sickle on the EU stars says it all about this most undemocratic of establishments.
As hatred of the EU has grown not only in Britain but across Europe, I think my design was ahead of the game. As a good European, who just happens to loathe the EU, I get the shirts printed up in Germany.
1116 days ago
Vince Cable is the man who has famously predicted 14 of the last three recessions. He is the man who, as business secretary, called on the FCA to investigate and prosecute wicked bears who were bringing down a Great British company called Quindell, now being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office. Cable backed the fraudsters then and now he is showing how, as a Liberal Democrat, he has a strange view of what Democracy means.
Cable says that if the referendum result is close and in favour of Brexit, say 51-49 and the turnout is 50% or less, Parliament should and would ignore what the people said and ensure that we stay in the EU after all. Presumably if it is 51-49 the other way on a low turnout, Parliament will "respect the wishes of the people".
Truly this man is a deranged old coot. His grasp of economics would shame the average GCSE student, his backing of the fraudsters behind the largest stock market fraud for 30 years, for which he has never apologised, is a stain on his career and now he shows his utter contempt for democracy.
Mad old Vince gets madder by the day.
1116 days ago
The Mrs was renewing her MOT. A banner advert on the site linked to take the EU quiz which by mistake she hit. It is a multiple choice quiz by the Government. It is laughable.
How many jobs in the UK are linked to our exports to other EU countries. Ooooooh 3 million says the Treasury. I better vote to stay in. And it goes on for eight questions that are slanted and with answers which are not facts but opinions. How many Turks, Albanians, macedoniasn and Bosnians will be able to wander freely around the EU from later this year? 0, 1 million, 75 million or 87 million? No...that question was not asked.
The whole thing is laughable but what makes it criminal is that the advert on the MOT page could have been sold via google or even via an ad house. The Government could be generating real revenues from its websites to reduce the deficit or support the NHS or whatever. Instead it is using its inventory to direct folks like the Mrs to its EU lie machine.
Quite simply Dodgy Dave is now stealing your cash to lie to you.
1120 days ago
Dodgy Dave and team Project Fear could not contain their delight when President Obama came over and warned we Brits that we just MUST vote to stay in the EU. If we don't we can't trade with the US, ISIS will invade tomorrow and next time around when Germany wants to play at its national sport, America will be on the side of the Krauts. It all sounded rather grim and Cameron et al could not contain their delight.
Oddly the British People do not like being lied to and bullied by foreign leaders whether it be Mrs Merkel or President hopey change. And so the four polls taken since Obama headed off see leave up by 3%, 3%, 3% & 2% respectively with stay up by 1%, up by 1% and down by 1% and down by 1% respectively,
Overall, the four polls put leave less than 1% behind so all it needs is another visit from Hopey Change and June 23 will be independence day, We will be home and dry for Brexit. Perhaps on his next campaign trip here, hopey might persuade Dodgy Dave's new pal President Erdogan, the fascist leader of Turkey, to tag along and really ram home the message.
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And for that matter when are you going to allow non US citizens to make laws for the USA? President Obama is entitled to say what is in the interests of the US but to tell me how I should vote is rank hypocrisy. that the loathsome Clinton woman agrees with Obama tells me more than enough. On a historic note, this poster tweeted out by the leave campaign is superb and says it all.
1124 days ago
If something good happens to the economy Dodgy Dave Cameron and team Project Fear tell us that it is thanks to the EU. If something bad happens it is down to fear of Brexit on June 23. And the media just laps up the lies. That brings us to unemployment in the UK which rose in March by 21,000 to 1.7 million. 31 million folks are in work. The increase is therefore just over 0.05% of the workforce , in other words tiny and possibly even seasonal to some degree, but the press bought the line that it was down to businesses not investing in jobs on Brexit fears.
One or two journalists had the decency to add that it might also have been caused at least in bit by the world economy slowing. But they clearly did not think that one through did they?
Yes the world economy is slowing so we saw poor jobs news from across the globe last month with China alone announcing that six million state workers in coal and iron and elsewhere were going to get P45s. In the US the unemployment rate rose from 4.9% to 5%. And those were the brightspots. In Brazil and most of the EU the P45s were flying.
So I put it to you: unemployment is increasing in the US, Brazil and China (as well as in the zombie Eurozone), is that because:
a) employers there are postponing hires becuase they are nervous about Brexit?
b) the world economy is slowing.
it is almost certain that the answer is b. Folks in North Dakota, Fujian Province or Sao Paulo have not got a scoobie who or what Boris Johnson is, what Brexit is all about or - in the case of North Dakota - where Europe actually is.
And thus Dodgy Dave and the media want you to believe that unemployment rose across the world in March 2016 and while, in nearly all countries that was because the world economy was slowing, in the UK alone, the slowing world economy was not responsible for a microscopic rise in unemployment, it was down to Brexit fears.
The line spun by Project Fear is - if one looks at hard data - just palpable nonsense. Yet the media does not bother with hard data it just bought the spin. Plus ca change.
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1127 days ago
Carefully planted in the Daily Mail is this little gem from Project Fear: "Don't believe that nasty Boris Johnson...if you vote to leave the EU, the mad Islamofascist nutters of ISIS will be celebrating". Yes that is right, ISIS are backing the out campaign. What cobblers.
This story, dreamed up by Project Fear and served up by the pliant Mail, which has a ghoulish fascination with ISIS and folks having their heads chopped off, centres on claims made by Aimen Dean who used to be in Al Qaeda before becoming a British spy on ISIS. Apparently his cover was blown in 2006 but despite that he claims to know that:
ISIS is planning an attack on Britain ( I think we all know that) in order to convince us to leave the EU and when we do the brothers in downtown Raqqa will be celebrating as this marks the start of the break up of Europe or, what Dean terms, the successor to the Roman Empire which fought Muslims for control between the 7th and 11th centuries.
It is hard to know where to start with that analysis. Perhaps with some basic history. The last Roman emperor - Romulus - fell in 476 AD but the Roman Empire was not put to the sword by the Muslims but by the Germans, it was the krauts wot done it.
I think Mr Dean, please go to the bottom of the class Aimen as you are truly thick, means the Holy Roman Empire which started with the Coronation of Charlemagne in 800 AD and ended in the 1100 or 1200s, it is hard to say exactly when. You could , if you stretched it a bit, take it up to 1806. Mr Dean will note that England and Scotland were never part of the HRE indeed the wicked Europeans briefly captured our king (Richard) and held him to ransom. As it happens, Spain, Portugal, Eire, nearly all of France and most of Italy were also never in the HRE. Folks from the HRE and indeed England did go to fight Muslims on the Crusades but that is about as far as an all our war with Islam goes.
So its a fail for Mr Dean on basic history and as for his claims to know what ISIS is thinking ten years after he stopped being a spy, Im not overly impressed. I sense that back in Raqqa they are more worried about being wiped out by President Assad, Iranian fighters and Russian jets ( i.e. the side that the EU opposed rather than backed) than about how the UK votes on independence day.
But dont let the truth stop project fear. As you consider how to vote on June 23rd remameber ISIS wants you to vote for Brexit. Now run along and vote the right way, do what Mr Cameron says or otherwise the Islamofascists will be murdering us all in our beds.
It must be true. It is in the Daily Mail.
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Stephen Kinnock has never really had a proper job outside the political world apart from a few months with the British Council. Daddy led the Labour Party to defeat then became a European Commissioner. Mummy was an MEP. His Mrs was PM of Denmark stating that her whole family lived in high tax socialist Denmark. Only that Stephen actually paid (very low) taxes in Switzerland where he worked. The establishment investigated and the establishment said that its own had done nothing wrong. Jolly good show.
Boris Johnson said that Obama - who wants the UK to stay in the EU - would never consent to the US suffering the intrusions on its sovereignty that Britain suffers from being in the EU. Young Kinnock responded "The last time I looked the US was in NATO and in the WTO, if one NATO member is attacked all must rush to its defence, I can think of no greater intrusion of sovereignty."
Mr Kinnock, I sense, just cannot think. NATO has no right to impose laws on the US, to determine its border controls and neither does the WTO. A common defence pact is not the same as being part of a superstate.
Boris is correct. If we suggested that the US had to open up its borders with Mexico or that 55% of US laws would be imposed on it by a Council of all the Americas Obama would go mental. Yet President hopey change thinks we in Britain have to accept just that.
As for Kinnock, it would be harsh to accuse him of lying as part of Project Fear, he is just plain thick to make that assertion since it is palpable nonsense.
1133 days ago
My favourite German leftie, Gisela Stuart, a Labour MP for some rat infested bit of Birmingham wasteland, was on The Today programe today explaining why we should all vote to leave the EU.
At one level she pointed out that if we were not members of the Evil Empire we would have an extra £350 million a week more to spend on the NHS. Our "contributions" she argued could be better spent at home. This got presenter John Humphries in a tangle which was a delight to behold as the old lefty just tied himself up in knots.
Rather lazily, and without thinking it through, Mr Humphries told Ms Stuart that we had been in the EU for years and no-one was saying that the NHS was not in good shape so why would things be better out? There was a short silence as Mr Humphries realised what he had said. For six years the entire BBC has been running with a narrative of how the wicked and evil Tories are starving the poor NHS of cash becuase they hate poor people and saintly doctors and want to see the former all dying and the latter staying on the poverty line.
Of course this is complete rubbish. If only the Tories would stop pouring cash down the bottomless pit. Instead spending, on what is the world's third largest employer, has risen in real terms every single year under the wicked and evil Tories. But the BBC has stuck to its basic story about the NHS irrespective of the truth or facts. But suddenly old Humphries had deviated from the party line.
Quickly he realised that he had sinned and, having no desire to find himself presenting the morning show for BBC Tyne & Wear, he started gabbling on about how many people do think the NHS is in real trouble and needs more money.
Well luckily charming Gisela has an idea of how to fund it but that means leaving the EU. Cripes, Humphries was all over the shop. It was almost worth my license fee to hear those twenty seconds when the BBC squirmed collectively after the Humphries gaffe.
1137 days ago
Nick Clegg, the name rings a bell, didn't he used to be an MP? Apparently he still is and today he sent me a strong email telling me why I must vote to stay in the EU. The last time I remember Nick Clegg telling me I had to vote urgently it was to stop tuition fees for students. Can anyone remember how that one played out?
This time Nick says that I must vote to stay in the EU to ensure we still have low cost air travel in Europe. Apparently if Britain leaves the EU the low cost airlines say that "routes will be cut" and "prices will skyrocket."
Really? Can Mr Clegg find the quote that proves the low cost airlines saying prices will "skyrocket"? He will struggle, one suspects.
There is a good reason why this will not appen. If UK based low cost airlines hike prices post Brexit - though there is no reason why they should as their costs will not go up - airlines such as Norwegian Air (voted Europe's best low cost airline last year despite being based outside the EU) will just hoover up market share. Having just checked Norwegian Air I see that its rates to Athens from Gatwick are really very good indeed.
As to closing routes? Will Michael O'Leary close a route where there are a lot of passengers and he is making loads of profits for Ryanair? You must be kidding.
Nick Clegg is just making this up for Project Fear. Now about those student fees. Maybe Mr Clegg can remind me what happened about them?
1141 days ago
And so the Dutch referendum on the EU's Trade treaty with the Jew hating Government of the Ukraine has seen a resounding 64% no vote - the opinion polls again under-estimated scepticism as some "shy voters" did not dare admit to politically incorrect views in liberal Holland. Naturally the EU and the Dutch "inners" were across the media last night explaining why this vote does not appear what it seems. It was a classic of Orwellian newspeak. Thus we were told:
The turnout was low (32%) and a spokesman for the inners told Newsnight that most of those who did not vote were on his side. So really it was a win for the EU.
Moreover those who voted the wrong way did so only because the EU has a problem with selling its case. It is not that we would not all love it, it is just a matter of the EU being bad at PR. Naturally.
Moreover this was not really a vote on the EU, in many ways those voting were really protesting against the referendum concept. Aha so in fact those voting no really love the EU it is just that they dont like direct democracy. Got it.
All in all it was a resounding endorsement of the EU by the Dutch however the wicked Eurosceptics try to spin it.
The EU is not unpopular with voters across Europe. The EU has never been unpopular with voters across Europe. Or so Big Brother, that is to say the media, business and political elites across Europe would have us believe.
The fact is that whenever the little folks, the ordinary voters, have been offered a chance to kick the EU in the goolies via a referendum they have grabbed it in Greece, France, Holland, Denmark and Eire.
The elites would have us believe that we who support Brexit are little Englanders out of touch with Europe and our European friends. The reality is that we Brexiteers are very much in touch with ordinary folks across the continent in loathing the institution that is the EU. The elites of each country have more in common with the elites of other countries than with their own citizens.
In loathing the EU and wanting out we Brexiteers think like ordinary Europeans, something our friends in Holland have reminded us of once again.
1144 days ago
Australia's foreign minister Julie Bishop has opined that she thinks that it is in Australia's interests that Britain stays in the EU and votes no to Brexit. Meanwhile 99.9% of Britons think that it is in Britain's interest that Aussie nonce Rolf Harris is shipped back to Australia ASAP. As a convicted felon he'd be following a well worn path and frankly there's no reason why the old kiddie fiddler should be allowed to stay here. While we are at it can the Aussies take Germain Greer back as well?
What on earth makes Ms Bishop think that her intervention adds anything to the argument? Does she honestly think we will change the way we vote becuase it will make her nation of convict descendants and uncultured morons feel any better about life?
Maybe it is just that Ms Bishop is a Republican who does not wish to be ruled by our own dear Queen. As we know the Queen is a bit of a Europsceptic. So would I as a Briton rather have no Queen and be ruled by Europe ( Ms Bishop's suggestion) or leave the Queen as the only German with a say in how the UK is run? Simple.
Its another reason to vote yes to Brexit and meanwhile Ms Bishop can fuck off back to Australia with her unwanted and daft views taking Rolf Harris, Germain Greer, Jason Donovan and Natalie Bennet, the mad cow who leads the Green Party, with her.
1150 days ago
Yes it is official. Today's fairy tale from Project Fear is that if you vote to leave the EU on June 23rd you will be damaging your children and grandchildren. Hell's teeth why didn't Education Secretary Nicky Morgan just go the whole hog and liken Eurosceptics to paedophiles?
The ludicrous assertion is based on the idea that the economy will be damaged by Brexit so young folks will not get jobs. But Ms Morgan asserts this economic view as if it is a proven fact which of course it is not. And thus her whole proposition is just based on opinion and is thus nothing more than an assertion.
In case you think the paedophile jibe is going a little far I refer you to the global warming nutters who likened we climate change sceptics to paedophiles on the basis that we did not care about the planet our kids would inherit. Of course we did we just did not believe in bogus sciences but that was not the point.
I wonder what qualifies Ms Morgan to be education secretary as she is not very bright. She ends her claim with the assertion: 'This is the generation of Instagram, easyJet and eBay. They don't want to see a Britain cut off from the world, where not only their opportunities, but our influence as a country, ends at our shores.'
Ms Morgan seems to equate the EU with the World. When I studied geography at O Level (Grade A) the 27 other countries now forming the EU were but a small portion of the world but maybe in today's GCSE's that is all different. Whatever happens on 23rd June there is no suggestion yet that the ability to use Instagram, ebay or easyjet will be in any way affected. Or perhaps that will be next week's scare story from Project Fear?
And does Ms Morgan really want us to believe that the World's 5th largest economy would as an independent nation have no influence beyond our shores? I think we have had that scare story already but how very green of Ms Morgan to recycle it.
1154 days ago
Cabinet Minister Amber Rudd has been marked down as a ghastly careerist harpie for some time. Her last appearance on Question Time, or rather the last that I could bear to watch, saw her refuse to point out that it was the private sector not the State that created jobs and wealth as she spoke to a hall packed with clinically obese welfare junkies from the grim northern post industrial wastelands. Ms Rudd is someone who will say whatever she thinks will advance her or her cause. I have no idea what she actually thinks if indeed she thinks at all.
As such it is no surprise at all that she is a fully paid up member of Project Fear. And last week she served up the shock claim that if we leave the EU, British Energy bills will rise by £1.5 milion a day - please note that we pay c£30 million a day for the privilege of being in the EU. Let's ignore real maths, Amber reckons we must vote against Brexit to avoid increased power bills.
It is hard to see where Amber gets this idea from other than the drawer marked "bogus claims Project Fear". But apparently if we leave the EU we may not be abe to get gas from Europe so will have to buy it from President Putin who may charge us more. Is there any evidence that the Europeans will not sell us gas if we leave the EU? No? Or that Putin would charge us more? No?
Could we take measures to offset this threat even if it was real which of course it is not? Of course. We could build a few more coal pwer stations, import cheap coal from the former Commonwealth, and stop subsidising highly expensive bird killing machines and other green sources of power and fuel bills would come down. As it is our power is amongst the most expensive in Europe thanks to policies implemented by this ghastly woman and her colleagues and cheered on by uber-rich "green" lobbyists and consultants living in Islington.
Amber Rudd is all over the shop on energy policy and as a spineless careerist Cameronite devoid of principle it is no suprise to see her telling blatant porkies to scare us into voting against Brexit. The only shock is that it has taken her so long to serve up this clear rubbish.
1155 days ago
If you want to leave the EU it is just because you are not as clever as those folks who want to stay in. It is easy. There was I thinking that I could be descriobed as at least averagely smart with my Oxford Degree as could Pixie Lott with her straight A's at GCSE. But it appars not. We are thick because we back Brexit and the BBC sees no reason to challenge this extraordinary assertion.
It was made by voting expert John Curtice of Strathclyde University who was asked why small businessmen tend to be more Eurosceptic than those running big businesses. His first answer was slightly correct "because generally they do not enjoy the export advantages of the EU but still have to comply with all the rules and regulations."
Sort of Prof. With a trade deficit with the EU one suspects that Brexit or not the EU will still trade with us after June 23 it would be suicide not to. The point about daft red tape is that its cost is far easier to manage if you are a big business and so can spread the cost of getting in compliance consultants, hiring HR staff etc etc over many profit centres than it is if if you have just one profit centre. Regulation tends to squeeze out small players so allowing bigger players to gain market share. So that is why big companies are less hostile to the EU than smaller companies.
But Curtice - a public sector man all his life - prattles on "there is also an educational aspect to this. There is a strong link between educational attainment and the Remain side. Big businesses tend to employ graduates while entrepreneurs are less likely to be graduates so small businesses tend to be less supportive."
Yes those running big businesses tend to be super managers, ie folks who did not risk their own capital but after University just cimbed up the greasy corporate pole. More folks who set up their own businesses went to the Univerity of life". But in setting up their own businesses, in risking their own capital to create jobs and welath for all and succeeding against the odds they show another innate intelligence which many university cossetted folk do not possess.
The implication is that smarter folk oppose Brexit. The BBC did not challenge this for a second. So far 34 FTSE 100 Companies have backed Brexit. Or ather the graduates who run them have. 66 have not. Are those graduates less intelligent or perhaps they are smart enough to know not to piss off may off their customers or mabe they back Brexit? The fact is that graduate or no graduate we all speak out of self interest and it serves some big businesses well to have the EU putting their smaller competitors out of business.
What's the point of arguing? Prof Curtice reckons I am just thick and the BBC is not challenging him. Perhaps I should just listen to someone clever like Tony Blair and do what he tells me? Okay Tony who should we invade next?
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I listen to BBC Radio 4 which seems to be about twenty minutes behind twitter in reporting the latest attacks in Brussels. They are co-ordinated ISIS style. They come a few days after the arrest of the the most wanted man in Europe, an ISIS terrorist. Shouts in arabic were heard before the airport blast which took place next to the American Airlines desk. And naturally the BBC is reluctant to speculate about who might be responsible. Hmmmm let me have a guess?
Maybe it is the wicked Jews from Israel whom the BBC blames for most bad things in the Middle East? Or perhaps it was the Kurds? It is surely only a matter of time before the EU's new best friend, the fascist leader of Turkey, President Erdogan, blames our allies the brave Kurds for this atrocity? What, you think it might be ISIS? So do I. But it has not crossed anyone's mind at the BBC. That would, presumably, be racist.
Finally, 80 minutes into the coverage someone has dared meantion the ISIS word. Well done Frank Gardener.
Old fool Ken Clarke was on the show telling lies about Iain Duncan Smith. Perhaps he might have been asked to comment on the claims made by his side in the Brexit debate that Britain was safer from terrorist attack as a member of the EU. As the Parisians already know it does not always feel exactly that way does it?
1159 days ago
Project Fear becomes even more desperate in its attempts to scare us into staying in the EU. Today's "you couldn't make it up but we will anyway" comes from Lord Browne, the former boss of BP.
Browne is plugging his new book in the Mail on Sunday which mentions his controversial departure from BP. You may remember the actual details although the Mail declines to mention them. Lord Browne, a closet homosexual, became involved with a rent boy. He then put the rent boy on the BP payroll though his young friend did not actually assist the company. Lord Browne agreed to leave but did so with a £22 million pension pot and a payoff.
Lord Browne has since written a book about the problems of being a gay businessman. You see this was all about him being gay.
Of course it was not. Had his rent boy just been a hooker (female) the issue would have been the same: using company cash to subsidise your sexual partner, to fund your sexual appetite. It would have been a sacking offence in any normal company whichever side Lord Browne batted for.
Go on include a night with a hooker on your next expenses claim. Stress that she was a woman. And you will find out that Browne was not a gay victim but he he lost his job because what he did was so utterly wrong. It was shareholders cash, not his that he was spending - in his lat year at BP he earned £4.58 million.
That he still cannot accept that using shareholders cash in this way is appalling and it does nothing to advance the cause of gay equality in the City. Moreover it also makes the general public mistrust big business. Lord Browne was effectively stealing from his employer. You try doing that and you are fired and your CV is in tatters. Lord Browne got his payoff and continues to be employed on huge sums in the private sector and to be one of the great and the good.
His new book is about why the great unwashed should trust big business more. Whatever...
Lord Browne tells the Mail that a big reason he is an "inner" is that his mother survived Auschwitz and his dad fought in the war and the EU has ensured we have peace in Europe and ever have to see those horrors again. Ok plebs, vote for Brexit and without Britain in the EU its leaders - I guess that means the Germans - will be setting up gas chambers again. What utter tripe, even the most ardent of Eurosceptics would not suggest that the Krauts or indeed some of those dodgy Eastern Europeans would even countenance that for a second.
As for peace in our time, really? As the genocide kicked off in Bosnia the EU did nothing, NATO had to step in. In Ukraine it was EU meddling to oust a democratically elected leader that brought about a horrible Civil War. NATO was established in 1949.
The Common Market became the EU in 1993 after NATO had won the cold war.
NATO has helped ensure peace in Europe for 66 years. the EU has done nothing. Lord Browne is a man who should not be playing any role in public or business life whatsoever given his abuse of shareholders funds back at BP and the way he has defended himself by claiming he is a gay martyr. He is just a thief. And as part of project fear he is a thief talking utter bollocks.
1162 days ago
By we, I mean the EU which is giving Turkey 6 billion Euro as a bribe to only export the right sort of immigrants (ie Syrians whether they be peace lovers or jihadis) to Europe. As part of the EU's Turk-geld policy we are also planning to allow 75 million Turkish citizens to roam freely around the EU from June and to accelerate Turkey's membership appliocation to join the Evil Empire. What could possibly go wrong? What's not to like. Answers on a postcard to David Cameron in Downing Street because Call Me Dave reckons this is money well spent and wants to be part of this barking mad set-up. I don't which is aother reason I am voting for Brexut.
As a reminder, Turkey bombs our friends the Kurds. It buys oil from ISIS and is the chief supply route of men and arms to ISIS. It closes down newspapers and TV stations that are hostile to the Government. And more than 2000 folk have been arrested for the offence of insulting the Government, that is to say disagreeing with it.
Terrorists are dealt with very harshly but who is a terrorist? Helpfully, President Erdogan has cleared that one up for us all. In Turkey a terrorist is not only someone who sets off a bomb or pulls a trigger but also includes journalists, politicians and civil rights activists if the Government deems them to support those engaged in military action. Thus three academics have just been arrested for saying that the Government should cease military action against the Kurds in a region that is overwhelmingly Kurdish. Those academics are terrorists.
If I was in Turkey then I could, for suggesting that Erdogan is acting like a total fascist, also be arrested as a terrorist. Essentially a terrorist is someone who disagrees with the Government and says so.
The Turkish approach to free speech, civil rights and democracy is, shall we say, not exactly in the mainstream of the Europan liberal tradition. It is closer to the model adopted by Time Magazine's Person of the Year 1938, the last German leader befor Mrs Merkel to pick up that honor, Herr Hitler.
Yet call Me Dave wants us to stay in the EU so we can give our taxes to these fascists? So that they can join the club and send their citizes - who seem, in large numbers, to approve of this sort of thing, over here? Perhaps we might hear an outright condemnation of Erdogan's latest words from Call Me Dave and the other EU leaders today as they meet to discuss the migrant crisis that they caused but cannot solve?
One suspects that we will not. All that is needed for evil to triumph is for good en to sremain silent. Or in this case weak little men and Mrs Merkel.
1164 days ago
Earlier today I suggested a few more possible scare stories that the increasingly desperate "inners" campaign might spin in order to terrify us into not voting for Brexit. But even I did not think they would come up with a claim this daft.
Tory Minister Anna Soubry has just claimed on the BBC that if we left the EU, Britain would no longer be able to export anything to the EU. Anna knows we run a trade deficit with the EU so if we are blocked from that market and reciprocated the big loser would be the EU. She knows that before we joined the Common Market we were able to export to it. She knows that countries around the world export to the EU.
In short she knows that in stating that exports to the EU would " go down to almost absolutely zero if we come out" she is talking total bollocks.
Anna you cannot be serious. I cannot imagine Brexit heroine Pixie Lott who got straight As at GCSE being dumb enough to spout such piffle, truly Anna you are thick as two short planks if you think that the British people will now believe a word you say. Actually I rephrase. Anna you are quite simply as thick as two short planks.
How now will Project Fear trump this with an even more ludicrous claim? According to the inners just today we have now been told that if we vote for Brexit we will not only have no exports to the EU but the Russians will invade as well. What fiction will be unleashed tomorrow?
1164 days ago
This morning, the BBC and the rest of the liberal media cannot get enough of Lt General Ben Hodges who has warned we Brits that we must not vote for Brexit as it could damage NATO. What on earth is a US Soldier doing intervening in a British Election rather defies belief, how would Obama feel if a British General made the equally factually innaccurate claim that Mrs Clinton was a lying, deceitful old dyke and so urged folks to back the GOP this November?
Hodges, who is the top yankee soldier in Europe, seems to think that without Britain the EU could unravel. And if that happens NATO will unravel. Frankly it does not make much of a case for staying in the EU if we are told that if one of its 28 members quits it will fall apart.
Moreover do you need the EU for NATO? The latter was formed in 1949. A small common market did not get going until 1957 but the vast majority of NATO members were not part of that. The Evil Empire itself says that it only stopped being a Common Market and became a political union in 1993 by which time NATO had been getting along fine, winning the cold war and ensuring peace in Europe for 44 years. Yes it is NATO that has kept peace in Europe not the EU.
There are a stack of large NATO members who are happy to be involved despite not being in the EU: The USA, Canada, Turkey for example. Hodges - like Defence Secretary Fallon - is pushing this theme of NATO needing the EU as part of project fear. But the more outlandish and patently bogus the claims made by those opposing Brexit and the more interventions from those we in Britain really are bound to react against such as Americans, froggies, krauts and the war criminal Blair the more the Brexit camp will feel it has a chance.
With Ms Pixie Lott leading the charge for Brexit and making far more sense that General Hodges, President Obama, Blair et al, I note that polls today show we "outers" narrowly in the lead overall and well in the lead among those certain to vote.
Indeed, my hope is that the polls understate the outers in that just as at the General Election when "shy conservatives" failed to admit to pollsters how they would vote in a secret ballot, we will also see "shy outers". For folks such as my wife working in a bastion of the left, a liberal arts campus, admitting you are an outer to your colleagues will be tough for they will instantly associate her with Nigel Farage, racist Colonels from Surrey and folks who read the Daily Mail. And in campus Britain where the thiought police no platform anyone who is even slightly suspect, being branded a Daily Mail reader is career suicide.
Of course this is hugely unfair. There is a strong and proud tradition of Euroscepticism on the left with Tony Benn a leading figure in this movement. But that has all been forgotten in certain quarters and however much my wife were to mention Pixie Lott, Sigma, Sigala, Phats & Small, DJ Luck and MC Neat, that is to say the cool young pop artists who I have never heard of but are apparently all ardent Brexiters, she would still be viewed as odd. Given the intolerant nature of the University left today one imagines that any outer working in academia wiuld be well advised to be bloody shy.
Chuck in a few terrified public sector workers who are shy outers to the opinion poll mix and you can see why Project Fear may be even more on the back foot than we think. The silly claims from the folks with no business meddling in British affairs just are not working.
Next up? Tony Blair warns that voting to leave the EU will mean that Andy Murray is less likely to win Wimbledon while David Cameron claims that Brexit will cause a sharp increase in global warming with poor little polar bears floating down the thames on the last bits of Arctic ice. And it would all be the fault of Boris and Pixie.
1165 days ago
You might think that pop singer Pixie Lott is just another brainless airhead. Au contraire. Apparently she got straight A's at GCSE despite having to record her first album at the same time and thus she can probably tell President Obama all about events in 1776 which the American leader seems to have forgotten all about.
Back then, the folks in the USA resented bitterly being ruled by an empire over the water. They did not like a man for whom they had not voted ( As Ms Lott knows I refer to George 3rd) stiffing them with taxes which exceded expenditure in the colonies or imposing a lot of unwanted new rules and regulations. And thus the Americans declared their independence.
With no sense of irony, George 3rd, sorry I meant President Obama is planning to fly to the UK to lecture us on why we must vote against Brexit and not enjoy our own independence day on June 23rd. Obama can fuck right off. His intervention is as unwanted as that of the French and German Governments but as with that of the other pro EU campaigner the war criminal Blair, I cannot see anyone reacting positively to his comments.
Instead next month also sees the Brexit campaigners, the outers, reaching out to young people with "rock for Brexit" concert. One can just imagine the crusty old reactionaries at UKIP asking "who is Miss Pixie Lott?" as crusty old Judges once enquired "who are the Beatles?" Times move on.
Who do I believe in Obama (with staight E's at Leading the free world) vs Pixie (with straight A's at GCSE) contest? Natch George 3rd has been wrong on nearly every issue for the past eight years and so I stand with Pixie. Indeed upon reflection perhaps one can interpret her classic "Nasty" as an allegory of Britain's abusive relationship with the EU, it is just that finally Pixie wants to ignore the sexy smile and say NO as the EU really is N-A-S-T-Y!
Come on, just do it, uh
Do it, uh
Do it till you're good and tired
I was sitting all alone, yeah
A lot on my mind
I felt a tap on my shoulder
And I rolled my eyes
I wasn't in the mood for another man
Telling me lies
But how can a girl say no
When you flash that sexy smile?
And you say
"Uh huh, ay hey
Want to see you get nasty
Want to see you shake it down, babe"
N-A-S-T-Y, you're nasty
But baby, I don't mind
I love the way you're talking nasty
You know you're just my type
1166 days ago
I speak as someone who supports - with one massive caveat - free immigration to the UK. But on the matter of EU immigration to Britain the Government is lying to us all and refusing to tell us the real figures. There are two possible reasons for this and either means that Brexit is the only way forward.
1168 days ago
The old war criminal Blair has again spoken out in the EU Referendum debate and although phoney Tony has lied about so many things for so many years, for once -as he argues that we should stay in - he tells the truth.
Blair's candid admission is that he seems to acknowledge thart his support for the "in" campaign may not actually win it any votes and indeed might actually assist those pushing for Brexit. The old liar stated: "I don’t know whether its the right time for me on the campaign trail. That carries with it negatives as well as positives"
Indeed it does. Mr Blair is a proven liar who will also formally be shown to be a war criminal when his attempts to delay publication of the Chilcott enquiry into the illegal Iraq War are finally overcome. Blair has amassed a vast fortune advising despots, dictators and human rights abusers around the world. And even if he did not shag Wendy, the ex Mrs Murdoch, he remains married to the Wicked Witch Cherie so clearly has exceptionally poor judgement when it comes to les femmes.
As such Blair telling the British people to vote for "In" will be music to the ears of the Brexit Team. The outers have already been boosted by the German and French Governements telling the Brits to vote to stay in and one wonders who else the outers might persuade to publicly back the "In" camp as a kiss of death.
Perhaps Call Me Dave might get proven loser Country Club twits Romney & McCain who have done so much to boost Dinald Trump by slating him, to back the "inners". Or maybe we need to look elsewhere?
Is it true that the late Jimmy Savile was a keen supporter of the European Union? Almost certainly not but perhaps an endorsement for "in" from beyond the grave from Jim could be arranged to add to that of Mr Blair, Francois Hollande and those other big name pulls.
In the absence of Savile, then as a keen supporter of Brexit I urge Mr Blair to keep telling anyone who will listen that they should trust Tony and vote to stay in the EU.
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Turkey's record on human rights, free speech on committing genocide against the Kurds on backing ISIS is disgraceful. Ignoring all that, the EU (with Britain involved) is doing a deal with the Turks on the migrants which will still see Europe having to take in millions and will cost us a packet and will see millions of Turks also now heading for Northern Europe. It is an awful deal at every level and Call Me Dave Cameron is at its centre. This should make every waverer decide today to vote for Brexit - the UK cannot afford to be part of the EU Club any longer.
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The Government of David Cameron has today published a document considering the impact on trade and food prices of an EU Brexit. This dodgy dossier contains lies from start to finish as I explain in this podcast.
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